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Questions tagged [brakes]

Brake systems on vehicles are typically driven by either pneumatic or hydraulic systems that multiply the force applied by an operator to slow a vehicles rate of speed through the use of friction.

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2008 Chevy uplander with brake problems

I tried to bleed my brakes on my van and I can only bleed my passenger front and driver rear calipers but my other two won't bleed why is that if anyone came help me out I would be grateful
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brake pad material?

I'm unclear about 'organic' (NAO) vs ceramic vs semi-metallic. For years, I'd just go to the parts store and say "I need pads for [whatever low-end Chevy I was driving]," and then get the 2nd-...
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What is the benefit of having two front brakes on a motorcycle?

Most new motorcycles seem to come with two disc brakes in the front. My bike only has one disc brake in the front and I can easily brake hard enough to make it activate the ABS, thus making my front ...
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Brake Pads on a Jeep Patriot

I have recently changed the brake pads on my Jeep Patriot. It seems to me that the pads just "sit" inside the caliper as opposed to actually being attached (in some shape, way, or form) to something. ...
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ABS and Brake light fault after battery disconnected

I bought a new battery that ran flat after two weeks. Took it back to the garage and they disconnected negative from my battery whilst the engine was running to check my alternator but now I have ...
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2011 Nissan Altima 74000 miles, continental tire noise

I replaced my 4 tires, wheel bearings, all brake pads and rotors one year ago. Recently, sometimes not always, I can hear there is a noise coming from my tire while driving. The noise is not a ...
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Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 ES / Hearing relay click sound from the back every time I press the brake pedal?

I just purchased a used Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 ES with leather seats and 4WD. I never sat in one before. Is it normal to hear a relay click at the back of the vehicle every single time I press on ...
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Unable to bleed brakes 87 nissan 300zx

I am currently restoring a 1987 Nissan 300zx I replaced the master cylinder and when bleeding the brakes the pedal would hold for a few seconds and then slowly fall I ran about 2 liters of fluid ...
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How to diagnose single sided brake locking?

Car: Mazda MX-5 MK1 1.6 with 1.8 brake kit, no ABS So, I had a front passenger side sticking caliper, which I replaced. I kept the brake pads as they had only a few millimetres of difference on the ...
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2002 Honda Odyssey - how much extra labor to replace backing plates as part of brake job

I've been experiencing vibration when braking in my 2002 Odyssey and took it into a shop. Shop is recommending a brake job all around, which makes sense. In addition, the mechanic noticed that the ...
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Dealer recommending new calipers

I have a '12 VW Passat (66k miles) and recently the rear brakes have been squealing when backing out of parking in morning and sometimes when rolling to a stop. I first thought it was just rust build ...
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Brake repair 2003 Infinity I35

I had new calipers, rotors and brake pads put on my car and had them bled. Afterwards the brakes went all the way to the floor. So I was told I needed a new brake master cylinder. Had that put on, ...
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Brake not hard anymore?

On engine off, when brake is depressed and released several times, eventually it becomes hard. As soon as engine is started, it becomes soft. This is normal. However, recently, even when off it doesn'...
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Can performance brakes (Brembo's) be used on road trips in the rain?

This is a follow up question to my never ending situation regarding the stock brakes on the 2018 Subaru BRZ SportTech RS (they're Brembo's from the factory): How long should disc brakes take to slow ...
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Brakes wont get hard after several bleeds

I replaced the calipers rotors and pads in the front and rear on my 2001 F350 Powerstroke. I replaced the front about a week before the rear, and after bleeding the pedal felt great. As soon as I ...
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Brake pedal goes to floor “sometimes” only

Driving a 2007 Volvo S40, automatic transmission. As title states, my braking pedal sometimes goes to floor during driving, mainly when I'm in a traffic jam and using the brakes actively. It also ...
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What's the frequency of anti lock brakes?

After a hard braking incident tonight (almost hit a young cow!) I was explaining to my son (8) about how antilock brakes work and how you can usually feel when they engage as a sort of pulsing through ...
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Brake Caliper play

2011 Nissan XTrail T31 Diesel, 110kw. Service guy changed the brake pads yesterday and now there's a vibration when braking slowly at low speeds. Brakes hold fine in other situations. I've driven the ...
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Hissing/air sound when applying brakes

I recently noticed that when applying the brakes, I can hear a hissing sound that is similar to air being released. The car is a 2006 Infiniti g35x. I did a thorough search and the problem that comes ...
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Spongy / soft feeling brakes on brand new car

Just got a 2019 CX-5, brand new. Brakes feel spongy, like you need to apply a lot of pressure to them. Almost felt like I had a hard time planning my stops to get the car to stop exactly at the stop ...
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Premature brake wear

Have installed all-new rotors, pad, caliper and hoses on the front of a 2010 Expedition and the passenger side has worn out 2 times. There is no dragging or overheating, and no pulling while applying ...
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2000 Suburban brake “Imbalance” issue

My son-in-law has a 2000 Suburban. We replaced all 4 rotors and pads as well as the left rear caliper. The caliper was replaced because upon completion of the initial brake job during the test drive ...
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2010 Mazda 3 Rotors and Brake Pads

I have a Mazda 3 2010 at 100,000 miles. Unfortunately I don't have the exact history for replacement but recently had a vehicle report done at a mechanic where they started I should replace front ...
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Can a brake booster vacuum hose malfunction in a situation where the car is wet but work fine when the car is dry?

I'm posting this in follow up to this question. To summarize, when conditions are wet (snow or rain) after a few minutes without braking my car will lose the ability to slow down quickly. I'd ...
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I drove with my parking brake on and now my brake light, ABS light and VSC light are all on. 2009 Prius

Yesterday I drove for about 5 miles in urban traffic with my parking brake on in my 2009 Prius. Now my ABS, Brake and vsc lights are all on. They were not on when I parked the car but once parked ...
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Noise during hard braking

Today due to some emergency situation I applied very hard brake on my 2018 Honda Civic and it made a very loud sound as something got broken and car freeze .. after 2 min it started working.. Did ...
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2007 Jeep Liberty Sport- all of my brake lights came on in the dash

I was driving normally, braked and all of the brake lights on my dash came on and stayed on. why?
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2004 Suburban brake pedal goes to the floor [closed]

Replaced power booster and the brake pedal goes to the floor after turning on vehicle
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Does brake bleeding order matter on vehicles with ABS and stability control?

A few of my cars have four-line brake systems with ABS and stability control. Does the order in which the brakes are bled really matter? The lines appear to be entirely independent downstream of the ...
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Elantra 1.6GLS 2003 - Brake pedal goers to the floor after changing rear brake line and bleeding

How can I bleed the Antilock Braking System (ABS) circuits on my 2003 Hyundai Elantra?
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After changing brake lines the brakes are extremely soft. Bleeding doesnt help and theres no leak. No abs

I put new brake lines in the car, put the fluid into tank and started bleeding the system. The problem is the pedal goes hard after a few pumps but gradually loses pressure and its not getting any ...
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New pads, old discs - pedal travel bad when engine running

Changed my pads/sensor on my Mini R56 this evening. Reused old rotors (discs) since I only changed those around 6 months ago (I didn't change the pads at the time as I bought the wrong ones hence the ...
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Squealing noise from brakes

I have a 2001 E46 330CI automatic cabrio in the UK. I changed the brake discs and pads on all four wheels this last weekend and put on new tyres with rims. I properly greased the back of the pads and ...
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Wheel grinding on brake piston

I recently replaced the brake pads on my 2014 Nissan Altima. Once done I took it for a drive to make sure everything sounded and felt correct and I heard this awful grinding noise. I check the pads ...
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Is bedding-in the brakes really necessary for regular street cars?

So I'm reading stuff about bedding-in the brakes. I'm reading the Centric Whitepapers. And by "regular street cars" I mean the "normal" cars your [normal] mom or your [normal] dad use. I've just ...
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What caused VW Passat brakes to go soft/spongy for the first few minutes of driving, then go back to normal?

Context: I replaced all four pads and rotors on my 2001 VW Passat (~140k miles) about 4 weeks ago, with PowerStop Z23 pads and rotors. During bed-in, I took the car down a steep hill, and got a lot (...
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2000 monte carlo brakes continuously seizing up after new hose and caliper

My 2000 MONTE CARLO SS rear brake seizes up. I put new hose and caliper on and it still does it. can someone please help me as i have put my life in this car and cant figure this one out!!! thank you ...
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Toyota Yaris 2015 Automatic

from last 2 months I am noticing intermittent Groaning(ghrrrrrerer) sound while applying breaks at slower speeds but this sound vanishes as I release the breake padel. Changed the front break pads and ...
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I can not remove the rear brake drum from a Lancer 2013

Hi I have tried removing the drum on the car but it will not budge. I loosened the green screws, they popped out after they were only slightly turned. Please help....
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Brake pedal still soft

I have a 2007 Mazda 3. When I purchased it, it came with a soft brake pedal. I thought that the brakes needed bleeding, but after taking it in to get it bled, there was no difference and apparently it ...
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1991 towncar brake light issues

Does anybody know of any electrical circuit retrofit plans involving gutting the fuse box located in the engine compartment next to the battery and installing a new circuit box in the trunk ...
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2010 Ford Focus SE sedan

I had a friend replace my brakes & rotors (who had replaced my brakes before). This time after he was done I have 3 warning lights on. ABS, TRACTION & PARKING BRAKE. Brakes also whistle when ...
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Blowing fuse 13 horn, brakes

I have a 2008 honda ridgeline. one day i put it in park and it would not come back out of park. not only that, but the horn would not work, and the brake lights would not work. i found fuse#13 to be ...
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What makes a caliper stick?

If a calliper sticks, is this always caused by the calliper itself malfunctioning or can it be caused by something other than the calliper ? Meaning if a calliper is sticking intermittently and the ...
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I have a 1998 Jeep Wrangler, 2.5L. What kind of brakes are in my vehicle?

I believe I have disc brakes in the front. Is it drum brakes in the back?
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Motorcycle Brake Lever - Soft Feel & Long Pull

I have a 2008 Kawasaki ER6 / Ninja 650R race bike. Within my class I must use OEM calipers & a OEM master cylinder. These components are also not allowed to be modified. As the title says, the ...
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New Brakes and Rotors… but still grinding sound

So I have a 91 Toyota pickup, 4wd and 4 cyl-22r engine. I just replaced the rotors and brake pads and bled the system. When I went to drive it after the install, I got about 300 feet away from my ...
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brakes aren't releasing after replacing my brake switch and lamp failure module

I just replaced my brake pedal switch and my lamp failure module. It drove fine for a mile or so and now for some reason my brakes are grabbing and not releasing.It's almost like the parking brake is ...
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The front of my 2001 Dakota apparently has been wrecked. I've found out that I have two different sized front brake pads

Pads for drivers side are from a 1995 Dodge Dakota and the right passenger side are a 2001 what was changed out under my truck. I have had to purshase two different sets of brakes different sizes. Now ...
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My brake pedal is stuck

I was driving my 2006 Daytona Charger the other day and the brake pedal started to stiffen up. I got home and pulled up in the driveway, pressed the brake pedal in to put the car in park. The brake ...