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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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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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I bled the brakes on my father's vehicle now he says brakes too soft

Today I bled the disgusting 10 year old brake fluid out of my dad's vehicle with a little pneumatic tool that sucks the fluid out nicely and started with rear right, rear left, front right, then front ...
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Search pdf manual for "brakes" indicator 1999 Toyota Camry

The CAMRY electrical pdf manual is hundreds pages but is electronically searchable. Full manual complement (click here) The red "brakes" indicator on the dashboard is lit: several attempts ...
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2003 Ford Escape

I just got my 2003 Ford Escape and my brake pedal has been replaced . When I first go to pull out from being parked (mostly only happens on dirt road ) my brake pedal pulsates and makes kind of a ...
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Past Clutch worries over smell/dust

A while back I was driving my '92 Mitsubishi around for quite some long journeys over a few weeks. The car was given to me, but something didn't seem quite right. After a while, I noticed that there ...
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The correct fluid level for this brake reservoir

I have problem identifying the correct fluid level for this reservoir. There is no clear max mark on it and I don't know whether it is currently over-filled or not. The blue line you see in the above ...
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93 toyota camry le 4 cylinder, brake locked up

Ok I've replaced the master cylinder , replaced brakes an brake hoses an the calipers but they still continue to lock up an smoke as I'm driving I've bled the lines they are bleeding just fine. 1993 ...
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Diagnosing 98 Camry red dashboard indicator: "brake"

98 Camry: A red "brake" indicator is lit underneath the speedometer. The emergency brake was engaged / disengaged several time to ensure that it is not the cause. I filled up power steering ...
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Metallic sound when brake the first time after a reverse

A Klass Mercedes (180d Automatic 2017) When i go in reverse and then i set the car to drive, the first time i will use the brake it will make a metallic sound a sound like a hammer hits something ...
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Feels like ABS but I dont think it is

I have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche. Was having and issue with brake pedal pulsing, but it started when I applied my brakes quickly after starting to pull out from a store. Replaced my pads, and the ...
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Moaning sound AFTER the brake pedal is released. 2015 VW Tiguan

I am recently experiencing a weird noise coming from the front brakes (I suspect the passenger side). It only happens AFTER I remove my foot from the brake pedal. The noise would come up after around ...
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Brake gurgle at slow stop

A gurgling groaning noise from the front left hand side during the final few yards pulling up to a red light. This only happens when the brakes are hot for example after driving down a hill. The car ...
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The position of draining bottle when bleeding brake system

In all brake bleeding procedures, a bottle is used to collect old and dirty fluid. I have seen some people who place the bottle on the ground below the bleeding screw (Picture A) while others may ...
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intermittent loss of brake pressure on a 2012 jeep wrangler

I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler and I've experienced something very scary three times in the past couple of years. I was driving up to an intersection and put my foot on the brake and the brake pedal went ...
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Brakes failed MOT

I've just had my mot back from an expensive garage. He phoned and said its failed due to unbalanced brakes across an axle. In the advisories they are all on there ... pads and disks? My DOT 4 bottle ...
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Where to apply grease apart from pad ears?

When greasing the brake pad itself with something like copper-based grease, where exactly do you apply it? (I don't wish to discuss the type of grease here, I'm aware copper-based has fallen out of ...
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Weird bleeding sequence for brakes

The normal bleeding sequence is to start from the furthest wheel on to the closest wheel to the master cylinder (Right rear, left rear, right front, left front). This is pretty much the sequence on ...
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Problem with flushing and bleeding the brake lines (one person method)

As you know, there are two types of brake bleeding. In one person method (as shown in the video below the text), he uses a bottle almost half-filled with fresh brake fluid with one end of the hose ...
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If you can manually push in a brake caliper piston with a screw tool, can it still be bad?

I had noticed a burning smell in my right rear brake, suspected caliper issues, and I decided to do a brake job (2009 Mercury Milan). After thwacking off the tightened caliper with a hammer and ...
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Loud Click sound from left brake

My Left brake makes a loud click sound at low speed when I apply brakes. I have taken it to three different garages and got changed front both sides (L&R) calipers, brakes, shimmers,brake disks ...
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Can an unused rear disc brake rust so badly it becomes stuck?

Usually when I start driving with my hybrid car (2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid), I release the parking mechanism, select reverse, and the car begins moving very gently. Sometimes I have had an issue, ...
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Do all drum brakes have manual adjusters?

Recently I got chance to open drum brakes of Japanese kei car, and I was surprised because I couldn't find any star shaped manual adjuster. Is there a possibility that some vehicles don't have manual ...
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Is it harmful to drive downhill in low-gear with high RPM? [duplicate]

I went to a mountain range the other day with my Seat Toledo from 2001. Going downhill, with 12% inclination, I downshifted to 2nd gear to avoid braking all the way. The car still picks up speed, ...
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Brake-by-wire and alternator failure with dead battery

My friend was recently on a road trip in a 2009 Acura TL (3.5L), when the check battery light came on. About ten minutes later, light came on again and car fully 'shut down', going 60MPH on the road. ...
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Steering wheel shaking when braking

I just got my brakes (front and back) done about 3 months ago, so I know they aren’t bad. But when I go to press on my brakes, my steering wheel shakes pretty bad. Any suggestion as to why that may be?...
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Brakes lock up as if the e-brake is engaged (solved by pumping the brakes)

Description of problem: This has happened twice now. Today I got in my car (after just having drove it for 30 mins with no problem), started it fine, but as soon as I moved forward it felt as though ...
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