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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2004 Ford Focus ZTS

I have a 2004 Ford Focus zts that I just changed the rear drums and pads on. Everything went together smoothly, but now my drivers side is smoking, and I can smell the brakes burning. I changed the ...
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Brake interference with radio signal on ‘16 cx-5?

Every time I hit the brake, I notice that there’s radio station interference. Its the exact same sound as when the station’s not picking up (ie. a rural area), but only when I’m braking. I just ...
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2010 Camry - Can Brake Booster Push Rod be Loose?

2010 Camry, I4. Heard snap while driving, pedal went to floor. Had some brake power but pedal always went to floor under moderate-heavy braking, drove home (no traffic, etc). Assumed master cylinder. ...
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2000 Honda Civic ex brake driver brake fluid

I recently changed my pads and rotors and then started to bleed my front brakes. I noticed that the passenger side fluid comes out but not the driver side. I already took the hose out and check to see ...
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Is there a significant difference between a “Reverse Brake Bleeder” and a normal vacuum pump bleeder?

I was hoping someone could explain these products and if they feel led, put their 2 cents in about brake bleeding. My brakes are slightly insensitive right now, even though they work and I'm ...
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Drove with parking brake on

I only live like 5 miles from my school and my top speed was 60mph but the whole time I forgot I had my parking brake on. I noticed my truck wasn’t really driving right and it started to smell. I let ...
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What type are 2016 Subaru Forester OEM brake pads?

Facing replacement of rotors and pads in my 2016 Forester, I consider non-OEM parts. Thus, I was trying to figure out what type are the OEM pads (i.e., semi-metallic, ceramic). I could not find this ...
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When should I replace a 2016 Subaru Forester brake pads?

Last time I put my 2016 Forester to a regular service, I was told I need to replace the rear pads and rotors, and to revisit the front pads as they have some 5mm left on them. When do you replace the ...
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Lots of sounds coming from my car. Can you help?

I'd really appreciate your advice on an issue I am having with my 2003 Lexus ES300. It currently has 180k miles on it, and was a family hand me down, so I know a little about it's history if that ...
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Dodge Ram 1500 brake sponge

I recently acquired a 2007 Ram 1500 4.7L truck. The brake pedal is 'spongy' (almost to the floor) on the first pump but I get a firm and solid brake pedal with accompanying stopping power on ...
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Brake pads excessively worn on one wheel one

The brake pads on the rear right caliper are wearing stupidly fast on my '06 Saab TiD. In 10k miles the rear right had gone down from 10mm to 4mm, whilst the left rear have only gone down 1mm. The ...
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Brakes seized up due to inactivity

I know brakes can seize up due to various reasons including inactivity. Car was parked up for many months so I'm guessing it was due to inactivity. How does inactivity cause brakes to seize, what ...
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Rear Axle brake imbalance -

My car has failed MOT on brakes imbalanced across axle rear - my question is a few months back I had wheel cylinder and brake pad done - should I take it back to the garage could they have done ...
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How to gain ebrake slack at the caliper?

2006 Hyundai Tiburon 4cyl 2.0L | 5 speed manual I am trying to reconnect my ebrake cable to my caliper, but there is not enough slack. The one on the other side currently has about 1" more slack ...
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Cyclical Thumping at Speed - 2007 Forester

2007 Subaru Forester 2.5L EJ253 4EAT A/T @ 15xK miles Strange cyclic thumping after 25/30mph. Worse when turning. Scraping/crappy noise when barely braking (Not the tattle-tale; checked. Pads are ...
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Does this look like a warped rotor?

I’m no expert but these guys are saying my Front pads are grinding and Rotors are warped then they sent this picture. I didn’t hear any grinding. They said they need to replace my BRAKE ROTOR/Disc ...
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Do I have to replace brake discs as well as pads?

I'm on my second Mercedes (CLK then C class). I gather that due to the design, where the pads grip slightly inside the edge of the disc, the discs will always become lipped. Whenever the pads have ...
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Brakes are still soft. Do I need a new ABS Pump? 07 Mazda 3

I posted a while back about my brakes being spongy. I've tried a lot of different solutions to no avail. I bought my 07 Mazda 3 around 7 months ago. They told me about the spongy breaks, and said ...
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White smoke from exhaust after brake job

I attempted (and failed) to replace my master cylinder and brake booster. I ended up putting a lot of brake fluid into my new booster before I realized it. (In fact, in an attempt to determine the ...
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How to drain a brake booster

I improperly installed a master cylinder. This punctured a hole in the cylinder. I didn't realize this until I pumped a gallon of brake fluid into my booster. How do I get it out? 2014 jeep wrangler ...
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2012 Ford Escape Brake Grinding/Crunch Noise

I have a 2012 Ford Escape that is a front wheel drive, which recently started to make a grinding sound when braking. The brakes are brand new, less than 10,000km. My brakes used to make a horrible ...
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Brakes Stick Until Clutch Pedal is Released

Okay, pretty weird phenomenon here with my 2005 Subaru Forester. This typically only happens when my car has been sitting for a night or so. I'll depress the clutch, fire it up, pop it in reverse and ...
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2003 crown Vic problems with burning smell

When I drive the car for a period of time the driver side front tire area releases a burning smell and occasionally white smoke will billow up from there. Now the car was owned by my great grandma ...
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Rough grinding noise when braking at low speed

I have a 2005 chevy silverado 2500hd. When I apply the brakes at a low speed a rough grinding noise comes from the front driver side tire. The harder I push the worse the sound becomes. I put on new ...
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Going down a steep hill on neutral [duplicate]

I drive an automatic transmission SUV. Around where I live, there's a steep hill. The hill is on a highway so the speed limit is 65MPH. Many times in the past, I was on "drive" when going down ...
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How to diagnose/repair a leak where the brake line feeds the caliper

I'm struggling to diagnose and repair a leak right where the brake line feeds into the caliper. I've replaced the copper washers, the banjo bolt, and even the caliper itself, all to no avail. I'm ...
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Passenger side locking

Help! My front passenger brake is locking!!. After a short time of driving the passenger side brake is locking. Rotor disc was bow - replaced After rotor disc was replaced both breaks were locking - ...
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Cyclical grind sound when stopping

I have a 2014 Kia Rio hatchback. Over the last year I have been experiencing a very intermittent problem. Sometimes, when I apply the brakes to come to a stop (say between 50 - 10 kph), there is a ...
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CV joint broken after brake repair, related?

On my front wheel drive vehicle I had all my rear brakes and rotors replaced. The following day my cv joint snapped, less than 10 miles driven. Could this in anyway be related to the repair? Or just ...
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New caliper will not close

I'm doing my first ever brake job. Front brakes on a 2012 Kia Sedona. New pads, rotors, and calipers. I'm struggling on the first one because the caliper will not close with the outside pad in. It'...
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1999 Malibu Braking System

Just changed my whole braking system in the front. My brake line on the left blew a hole and I replaced it. Decided to change calipers and hoses. Bled the lines. When the engine is started the pedal ...
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Slight chirping noise from front wheel base after new brake pads

I had the dealership put on new front brake pads on my 2013 Corolla and do a brake line flush for maintenance. I noticed when the car is accelerating there will be a slight chirping noise coming ...
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My car brakes gets stuck sometimes

I have a Honda Jazz, and sometimes when I step on the brakes it sometimes gets stuck. It's like there's compressed air preventing the brake pedal to go all the way to the bottom. As I release and step ...
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Scraping Noise While Driving Noticed Brake Clip Touching Rotor

I was hearing a squeal noise while driving at low speeds and thought it was the brake pad indicator. My 2011 Tahoe has 130k miles and I've not yet changed the pads. When I took the pads off I noticed ...
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ABS warning light has no issues, but ABS is not functioning

I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. I had a hard brake on the freeway the other day where the wheels locked up and I ended up skidding a bit. My ABS light was not on, and still isn't, but it's clear that ...
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Can I change the brake pads without changing brake disc for the front tyres?

I drive Honda Jazz 2010 model. My brake discs for the rear tyres have experienced some corrosion and I intend to change the brake discs together with brake pads for the rear tyres. My brake discs ...
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Brakes shimmy on a hill

Going down some steeper hills my brakes don’t feel right. They feel choppy like they’re heated up and aren’t smooth.
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Brake problems? on 2008 Altima

I have a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 3.5 SE with 123k miles. To me, the rear rotors are telling me that the brakes are not working properly. I would expect to see three bands on the rear rotors: one ...
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Did my front brake rotors need to be replaced?

I have a 2006 Chevy Aveo HB,only 44K miles in mint cond. Mechanically and body, etc... I just had a lot of 'maintenance work' done on it, I'm keeping it till I or it dies. After taking it home, I ...
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brakes are sinking, there's a funny sound when pressing the brakes. what might be the cause?

when I press my brakes, it sinks to the floor it does not work unless I jam it to the floor then some braking action happens. also when stepping on the brakes, I hear a sound that kinda sounds like ...
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Braking with a 2002 chevy avalanche

Not sure what's going on. When you step on the brake the pedal itself shakes and makes a weird grinding noise... 3 mechanics couldn't figure it out, just said it's common in that vehicle. Any ...
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What difference between the Fist Caliper and the Floating Caliper?

I have downloaded the brake pad fitment instruction from the ATE site and have discovered the third type of caliper - the Fist Caliper. I know that the Floating Caliper and the Fixed Caliper are. ...
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What does “CV” means in “CV Pad Fitting Instructions”?

I am searching the brake service instruction on ATE site and found the abbreviation, that I can't decipher. Apparently, it is opposite to the passenger car, thus it is relative to heavy trucks, buses, ...
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Scuffing Sound From Front Left Brakes After Repair Work

I recently got my car (2009 Toyota Matrix S) inspected by a reputable mechanic, and they diagnosed me with sticky calipers all around, with the back ones nearly locked. On their advice, I replaced ...
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Mixing brake pad materials, front and rear

I have a 2004 Subaru Outback, disc brakes front and rear. Some time ago, I bought some ceramic brake pads (Duralast Max) for the front, and didn't realize I forgot to buy the same for the rear. ...
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2012 Yukon Trailer Brake Controller not working

I have a 2012 GMC Yukon with a trailer brake controller that has worked fine for the past 5 years. Now all of a sudden, my trailer brakes won't operate. I tested the voltage between ground and the ...
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Citreon C2 - Brake pedal only goes halfway when driving

I went up on the curb while reversing yesterday. I slowly moved away and everything seemed fine. However, now my brake pedal only goes down halfway and won't go to the floor. Apart from this nothing ...
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Brakes won't go down as far as usual

I had a few situations when I applied my brakes at around 70 km/h, the car wouldn't stop as fast as normal. Normally when I press the brake I would be able to stop much faster (I can feel the car ...
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hissing pedal when pressed, pedal to the floor no stop at low speed,no fluid loss

brakes hissing at pedal, pedal to the floor, no stopping power at slower speeds, no brake fluid loss. did the 3 step booster test it passed. I'm thinking just the seal between booster plate and ...
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Brake master cylinder rubber seals - replaceable or not?

This is probably a completely newbie question, but it's my first car and I'm yet just learning. So my master cylinder is defective, the brake pedal sinks and even though I can live with it, it has ...