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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Why can rear bike wheel move forward when braked [migrated]

Sorry for question language. This is a phenomena that I observed. I was on a stationery bicycle and applied the rear brakes. When I tried to move backwards, the bike won't budge. But when I tried to ...
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How is lost fluid replaced when bleeding brakes?

(Embarrassing question. I had a vague sense of how the master cylinder (M/C) works; but, when I look at the pictures, I don't see it.) When bleeding (per schematic below): Push on the pedal. The ...
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Excessive brake pedal travel

I have a 2009 Honda Accord, and I can press the brakes 3/4 of the way down before they start braking the vehicle. I bled brakes at all 4 wheels but it barely made a difference. One accord owner told ...
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Gunk around wheel cylinder. (Drum brakes)

'07 Cobalt LS, rear drums I find some slightly sticky brown 'goo' around where this wheel cylinder mates with the backing plate. (Picture below) The other side doesn't have this. I don't find ...
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I was stopping for a light and my brakes only half worked, why?

I have a 2002 Saturn L200 which I bought at 91,000 miles and currently has 106,000 miles. I replaced the rear brakes myself (with the aid of a mechanic) at about 98,000 miles. Up until today, I've ...
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Why does my Subaru Forrester need brakes so frequently?

Our 2014 Subaru Forrester (2.5li, standard transmission) had its brakes (pads and rotors) replaced on September 2020 at 75,000 miles. Now, it's September 2022 and the car has 90,000 miles on it. Our ...
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Soft brake pedal goes to floor after changing brakes and rotor

I had someone change my brake pads and rotor. However now that they have I have no working brakes. I hear weird noise from car brakes. The brake light is on. We have filled brake fluid (since it was ...
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Brakes very rusty after recent replacement

Holden Cruze 2002 front tyre All drive or rotors are rusty now why only had them replaced spent 800. Plus other things all up spent 1580 there also abs light keep coming on EDIT: Does this picture ...
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Should brake pedal push to floor whilst idling

The brakes work ok but at idle I can easily push the pedal to the floor with the car idling. The pedal doesn’t sink by itself and with the engine off the pedal becomes firm within a couple pushes as ...
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Do I really need entire new brake system for all 4

I have a 1999 Acura Integra bought from friend in business and new/rebuilt engine was put it, yr car that has been sitting outside not driven for 7 years. I had a semi official mechanic come to look ...
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unequial drag from front (disc) brakes

'07 Cobalt LS. No ABS, no traction control. I have (IMO) excess drag when I manually rotate the passenger side front wheel. Inspecting, those pads have lost a lot of material. (inner & outer ...
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What thread lock is appropriate for caliper bracket bolts?

I drive a 2003 Ford Ranger with front disc brakes. About two years ago I replaced the rotors and pads and am sure I used a thread lock during assembly (and torqued to spec). The other day when I was ...
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Question about brakes caliper

So I was wondering if I can use 2 different brake caliper on my car one is from Duralast and one is from cardone
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Flute like sound when depressing the brake pedal, engine off

I have a Vw Polo 6n2 from 2000 without ABS. A while back I replaced rear drum brake cylinders and shoes and then I bled them. Concerned with the brake fluid level in the reservoir which went below ...
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2nd Wheel Bearing in 14 months. Do I have an underlying issue?

We were finishing a cross-country trip in our 2014 Chrysler Town and Country (80k miles) and I could feel some jitter on braking at high speed. I also thought I felt some vibration once in a while ...
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Should I replace motor bike entire front braking system?

I own FZ25 motorbike which is 4 years old. I felt front brakes becoming spongy for quite some time now. I bleeded brakes multiple times. Replaced brake levers, brake pads. I even changed brake wire ...
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Brake pedal slowly goes to floor when idling

2015 Nissan Pathfinder Legend: DF: Driver Front DR: Driver Rear PF: Passenger Front PR: Passenger Rear About 2 months ago I took it in for a safety inspection (bi-annual safety inspection is ...
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Brake Pedal doesn't Return after Replacing Brake Booster

I finally got around to replacing the brake booster on my 99 Nissan Sentra / Almera n15. So I removed the master cylinder, replaced the booster, hooked everything back up and started the process of ...
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Rear Brakes Squeaking

Got drum brakes on the rear. They were squeaking about 5 months ago, got them cleaned and lubed and have been silent up until recently where they squeak quietly every now and again. Car has done 77,...
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Honda VTX 1800 - What is the pressure limit for brake cylinder seals in reverse?

I'm bleeding the brakes on my motorcycle with a cheap autozone mityvac vacuum bleeder and getting A LOT of air. I don't think there's any way there's that much air in my lines (I've run more fluid ...
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Brakes squeaking, front or rear?

Had my pads replaced 3 days ago with some high end ones. Today, when braking to a stand still i notice some squeaking. It only makes a squeaking noise toward the end of braking just before coming to a ...
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I pushed on the brake pedal it started down, then started pulsating like the antilock systems took over, then they went to the floor not stopping me

I pushed on the brake pedal it started down then started pulsating like the antilock brake system took over then they went to the floor not stopping me
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I just changed my brakes and hear a knocking noise when i stop accelerating

My brakes were squeaking so I just bought new brake pads and replaced them. The squeaking is gone but I noticed driving that when I let off the accelerator it makes a knocking noise and the steering ...
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Does a Car Keep Moving If Neither Accelerator, Nor Brake Is Pressed?

I am not sure if if this is the right forum to ask this, but even my driving instructor cannot give me a clear answer, hence the question. Learning driving on a toyota vios, automatic transmission. ...
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Why won't Jaguar start after brakes failed?

2012 Jaguar XF had 4 pads/rotors replaced and I returned to shop explaining they were less responsive and required extra pressure to stop and to remain stopped. The shop looked at it and said they ...
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Brakes at 2mm, appt. in a week, should I stop driving?

The brake pads on my 2002 Honda CR-V are at 2mm, which, to my understanding, is quite low. I have an appointment in a week to get them changed. Should I avoid using the car until they are changed?
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2006 Ford Fiesta front left wheel clicking with each rotation

my Fiesta has a clicking noise on front left that happens with each tire rotation on a specific spot. It's always a single click, not a rattle or something similar. The brake pads are gripping the ...
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Brake pads sliding (?) between reverse and forward?

I just had my rear discs and pads replaced (2015 Golf). Everything seems fine, but if I'm backing up and press the brakes, there will be a "clunk" on one or both sides; when I then drive ...
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If my brakes are making a metal on metal noise, it is pretty much guaranteed I should replace my rotors along with my brake pads?

I've driven a moderate amount for 2 days after I noticed the horrible sound coming from my brakes. Do you think there is any chance I can still have them resurfaced? I realize the obvious answer is 'I'...
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2011 Jeep grand Cherokee , 30,000 Klms calliper damaged new pads/rotors?

I had both front and back brakes replaced 9 months ago. Ive done 30,000 km since and I am being told the calliper failed, and burnt the new brakes out. Thee was no warning light or leaks. It'll cost ...
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Replaced front brakes and "AWD temporarily disabled" light coming on

My son replaced the front brake pads and rotors on my 2016 Ford Edge today. Afterwards I went for a drive and could smell a very strong "chemical" smell and the wrench light came on, then ...
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Brand new 2022 Kia Forte GT

Just got a brand new car and I drove 5 miles to my locations and 5 miles back and when I put it in park that’s when the emergency brake light turned on I didn’t even see it on beforehand … but if I ...
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Why do my brakes squeak when pedal is pressed halfway?

Why do my brakes squeak consistently when the brake pedal is halfway pressed but goes away when I press it down hard? When I press my brakes I hear no squeaking for the first 10-20% of pressing down. ...
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Beetle no brake lights

My turbo s beetle has no brake lights.. I have replaced brake switch and checked all fuses. And still no brake lights.. My car flashed abs light and little black box on top of battery is charred can ...
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Soft brake pedal

I have a 2004 Volkswagen Passat that the brake pedal is really soft (goes to the floor). The driver side caliper piston was replaced (by a shop, not me), idk if that has to do with it or not. There ...
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Squealing brakes, but only on an incline while in reverse - 2012 Suzuki SX4

My brakes squeal, but only while I'm reversing down a hill. The brake pads are new. What else could be the cause of this sound? This is a 2012 Suzuki SX4.
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Hot Brakes, Wheel sticks

Hello I have a 2012 F150 that the brakes constantly get hot on the left front side. The rotors and brake were recently replaced, but this issue seems to be ongoing even with the older brake and rotor ...
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What could have caused 1 brake pad to wear down to metal while my other 3 pads are ~50% used?

I just paid $400 to replace the front brake pads and rotors on a 2011 Honda Pilot. Here is what the 4 brake pads look like: 3 are in great shape--maybe 50% usage?--and 1 is down to the metal, and I ...
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What can cause perfect holes in brake rotors?

Talking about non perforated brake rotors, on a VW gol, today it appeared to have 2 perfect small holes, which don't seem to align with anything. It seems to be corrosion, but the interesting fact is ...
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2012 Ford Escape brake light switch

The shift lock on my 2012 escape works intermittently. Google led me to believe that this was likely a faulty brake light/brake pedal position switch. The means to diagnose was to start the vehicle, ...
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Change single caliper to dual

I currently have single calipers on the rear axle. Am I able to replace these with dual calipers on each side of the rear axle or will there be issues?
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Car stops when I try and take off

Why is my 2011 Chevy Impala trying to stop on me when I take of? The pedal makes a sort of grinding sound when I try to take off and car jerks and stops completely. It's almost like it's trying to ...
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Feels like ABS kicks in when braking

For the past week, my car (a Hyundai Tucson 2016 and 80 000 miles) started doing like ABS kicks in when braking, but rarely. It feels like when you're braking on ice (pedal starts vibrating) for 1 ...
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Clicking sound when I apply pressure on brake

When I am applying pressure to my brakes I hear a sound that can be described as a clicking one. It is very faint, have to listen keenly. There is no squeaking, grinding or any high pitched noises ...
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Brakes still dont work

I just changed the brake pads and rotors on my 2020 nissan rogue and the pedal still goes to the floor, even after driving it the brakes feel the same as before i did the rotor and pads. Do i need to ...
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White foam-ish residue on brakes: is it something to worry about?

I have noticed white residue — a bit like some foam that would have dried up — on my 2016 Honda Jazz brakes: It appears on the top and bottom of all four brakes. I haven't seen something similar on ...
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Brake pedal travel adjustment after new brake lines?

My 2014 Hyundai Elantra needed new brake lines, and now the pedal travel is a bit longer than it was. I don’t have specific measurements, and the brakes do work; it just feels like I have to push ...
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2 man brake bleeding harmful?

I've been told that if you use the 2-man method for bleeding brakes (one man at the bleed valve with a PVC tube over the nipple, one pumping pedal) you can damage the seals as "the brake shaft ...
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Does the brake pedal always vibrate when ABS kicks in?

I’m curious about how ABS and brake pedal vibration works. There are two ways I could imagine it working: When ABS kicks in, it moves the pedal up and down. That physical act is what pumps the brakes....
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Acura TLX momentarily flashing check brakes, then dying. What is going on?

I have a 2016 Acura TLX with ~50k miles on it. Recently, it's been behaving quite strangely, typically associated with a brief, but never permanent, flashing of the 'check brakes' light. If [whatever ...
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