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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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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 ...
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Brake Noise at low speed while slowing in damp conditions

Have a 2017 grand cherokee about 30k miles. While slowing off the highway to a stop, no problems. Smooth as silk. After slow driving for a little bit, when slowing from 10 to 0, I get a thump thump ...
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1969 Toyota Land Cruiser brake bleeding order

i have a 1969 Toyota Land Cruiser with a single cylinder master cylinder and a single brake line that goes to the left front then goes to the right front then right rear then left rear. There are 2 ...
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Car has started abnormally slowing when clutch engaged

A couple of days ago was turning into my street and I noticed that I was slowing down when I engaged the clutch to shift down. I would expect to coast with the clutch depressed but the car was ...
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Brake pedal going to the floor

I tried to change my front brake pads, I've done it before and it's not a difficult task, but I couldnt get the pads out and as the sun was going down I compressed the calliper (with the brake ...
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How does cruise control operate brakes when slowing significantly?

My 2011 Audi A4 B8 has cruise control and although not adaptive, it does engage the brakes if I set a cruising speed well below my current speed or if the car picks up speed during descents. The car ...
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Spongy brakes after new tires?

Ok so i got 2 new front tires on my moms vehicle (2001 toyota sienna) and i noticed afterward that the brakes felt very soft, way more than normal. It is slow to stop and i have to push the pedal ...
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98 Chevy cavalier

My Chevy cavalier has a problem. Sometimes, I, brake for a stop, hear a spring sound under car and the car doesn’t,t stop right away. What can it be? My husband had brakes done last year. This does ...
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What is a usual value for the dimensional tolerance of brake pads?

Is there a specific regulation for the maximum tolerance allowed while manufacturing brake pads? If not, what is a usual value set by manufacturers? I would really appreciate references. Thanks a ...
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Car pulling to left, gets worse when braking, often better when accelerating (especially when warm)

I have a Ford Focus Mk1 (2004) stationcar edition. I've been fixing it up myself as a (very rewarding) learning project (my first), and I've recently changed the clutch after fighting the bell-housing ...
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Brake fluid change - gravity vs hold/pump vs vacuum vs pressure

I am trying to find the optimal method for brake fluid replacement, so I want to weight all possible methods (the reverse method don't consider) and use the best suited. I always used the hold/pump ...
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Brake pedal slow to rise when reversing

Every time we put the Xterra in reverse the brake pedal takes a long time to rise back up, releasing the brake. The pedal slowly moves up, making a noise as if the brakes are still on, then when it's ...
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new brakes discs and pads at front making knocking sound

6m ago I had new front discs and break pads, since then have had a knocking when breaking when at slow speeds, sitting in traffic. It went back and they tightened up everything and adjusted springs in ...
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Why am I not getting fluid to passenger rear brake

After changing shoes,pads and rear cylinders, I started the brake bleed process with one brake not cooperating. The car is a 2000 Toyota Corolla front discs and rear drum. I started with the passenger ...
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Whistling brakes after pad & rotor replacements

I had recently had my brakes checked out and replaced following my mechanic's $800 recommendations. I had had two brake pads replaced on the front tires and on the back tires I had the brake pads ...
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How long should disc brakes take to slow the car when wet?

I recently bought a new car and it came it with disc brakes (specifically the Brembo's that come with the new BRZ). If the conditions are rainy or snowy out, I've noticed there's a significant amount ...
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Why don't brake rotors self level through use?

A few months ago my brakes developed a wobble, and the mechanic explained that there is a high spot in the rotor so when I'm braking the brake pads grab that spot more than the rest and it makes the ...
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Why would my brake pedal go halfway to the floor before the brakes engage?

I've got a 2008 Mazda 3i with 120k miles on it, manual transmission. The brake pedal started going halfway to the floor before the brakes engage, although braking action seems normal after that, maybe ...
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My 2008 Mazda 3 TS D passed it's MOT, but with seemingly low service/parking brake efficiency. Should I be worried?

I have a 2008 Mazda 3 TS D. It's my first car, so I'm still unsure as to what is normal and what is not. I'm in the UK (Northern Ireland). It recently (Saturday) passed it's MOT, but the parking/...
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Protecting/preventing brake lines' nut seizing by corrosion: paint? Grease?

We all know old cars, or those in harsh nature conditions often suffer of having seized nuts by corrosion in the brake lines to calipers and cylinders, and even in the master cylinder. As I live in an ...
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Rear brake cylinder's piston “really” stuck: how to remove it?

The rear brakes in my hobby car are drums type. One of its brake cylinders have one of the pistons "really" stuck: it won't move by hydraulic force by pressing the brakes pedal; it won't move by ...
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Brake pad wears faster than other three

I've changed all my calipers, all my rotors, and all my pads in an attempt to fix this problem, but it has not gone away. My rear passenger brake pad wears fast, to the point where it begins to grind,...
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I got new tires installed and now the left rear brake is stuck

2008 Honda CRV. Like I stated, I got new tires recently. I was trying to save a couple bucks, and went with a body shop that had a tire balancing machine. I think they messed up, because ever since I'...
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05 WRX: Front passenger caliper seizes every 11 months

My front passenger caliper has seized up again today for the third time in two years. I noticed some increasing vibration in the steering wheel and a smell of burn while driving and pulled over to ...
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Brake have failed. Alternative means of braking [closed]

My brakes on my car have failed. I cannot afford to replace them anytime soon. Is a acceptable to stop a car by putting the car into reverse gear, giving it some gas so it does not stall, and then ...
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Brake Pads - Wagner ThermalQuiet 537

New pads on Honda Accord 2004. The 537 pads, like many others, have a 'wear indicator' on one pad per set. Question -- does the wear indicator pad go on the inside of the rotor or outside? If it is ...
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1 year old car needs brace servicing and rotor replacement?

I work at home and don't drive much (3,000 km on the car). I have a 2017 Mazda CX5 I bought last fall. Most of the time it's in my (attached, insulated) garage. I drive it maybe once or twice a week. ...
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Car Selling Etiquette and Ethics in Foreign Setting [closed]

I am an expat living overseas in Africa and am looking to sell my car soon. I wanted to get some opinions about what is customary for servicing. Some background, I have a 4x4 car with 114,000 km. I ...
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Brake pedal stuck, no crank, no horn after sleeping in car

Not sure what might've happened, but I slept in my car for a little bit and mistakenly slept pressing down the brake pedal. When I woke up, I tried to turn on the car and I wouldn't get any crank ...
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Car moved to front when the engine is off while in D gear

I have a Suzuki Stingray 2014 vehicle and I am still new to it. Yesterday when I parked the vehicle on a cement floor, accidentally I had forgot to move the gear to the parking mode. However, I had ...
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Is that friction sound from brake pads when spinning rear wheel normal?

This is with the hand brake off. I heard the brakes self adjust, but isn't that excessive? Is the parking brake overtightened? Please see the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJ1awOjk3QM Both ...
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Brake pedal goes to floor

i have a 2005 pontiac grand am and my brake pedal goes to the floor any suggestions on what cause is we bled brakes numerous amounts of times checked for leaks ive replaced master cylinder yes bench ...
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Brake fluid colour diagnosis

This scooter was sitting for about 6 months, last serviced in 2016. Left brake fluid reservoir has this weird colour. Can it be fixed just by replacing the fluid and flushing the system, or could it ...
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How do you bleed brakes on a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am?

I've been trying to figure out how to bleed my brakes on a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. I know how to bleed brakes, but every car is different, and I've never bled brakes on a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. When I ...
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Thumping sound and pulsating brake pedal

I'm driving a '12 VW Scirocco. Last Friday I had my winter tires put on at the shop, and I went for a 700 km road trip here in Norway. After some 100 kilometers I noticed my car making a cluncking/...
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Brakes going to floor

Chevy silverado c1500 1991My brake pedal is going to the floor effortlessly. I've bled it multiple times, the brake lights are on bright red, and I've replaced the master cylinder and the brake ...