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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Brake light switch not pushed in

I’m an owner of a Opel Corsa C (2000) which had a common problem where water was leaking through the brake servo because the seal went bad. I’ve removed the servo and applied a new seal around it and ...
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Brakes messed up after service

I recently brought my truck to a shop to fix my ABS that displayed the "ABS indicator" light intermittently, fix/adjust my speedometer which was reading wrong, and replace some burned-out lights in my ...
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Modifying a brake line fitting

I recently took it upon myself to replace the brake line from the block splitter thing by the master cylinder to the rear brakes on a project I have been working on. After ordering brake fittings (...
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Rear wheel rim hot to touch grinding sound while driving and braking

2002 Ford Expedition XLT v8 4.6. Recent had to replace wheel axle do to running up a curb. After the axle was fixed I drove the car for about 15 minutes and it smelt like something was burning the ...
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Whining(?) sound which fades away after applying the brakes. I hear it just when the vehicle has almost come to a complete stop

I recently changed out the rotors and pads, and other than the normal wear you would expect to see on a 04 ranger, found no issues to worry about till now.
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How do the rear brakes on a 1995 Chevy 1500 self-adjust?

I was told that by setting the parking brake each time the truck is parked, the shoe-brakes would self adjust. Is this true? There are no access holes on the back plate for manual adjustment.
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Brakes don't seem to start catching till very low down 2004 Honda Civic lx

Just bought a Honda Civic lx 2004; all the brakes have been replaced, and the fluids have been looked at by two different mechanics. Both mechanics he had drive it, both say they are fine but there is ...
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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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Explore a fast but short popping or clicking noise when braking

The noise only happens when I brake at low speed. It's a clicking sound that doesn't last long, maybe makes the noise about 15 times and not all the time. This is a 97 Ford Explorer, it sounds like it'...
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DSC Module Bleeding on 2004 BMW X5

After repairing leaking of the two rear brake lines and losing a lot of fluid and introducing air into the system, I'm no longer able to bleed the same two lines. virtually no fluid comes out the ...
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Wires cables hoses and bushings

What purpose does changing to braided hoses, polyurethane bushings and the sort do to improve performance and reliability in general
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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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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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Active brake lights interfere with radio station on ‘16 Mazda CX-5?

This is how I reproduce the issue: With the '16 Mazda CX-5 turned On, the shifter in Park, and the radio On, I begin to press the brake slowly. While the brake is slightly pressed but the brake ...
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Sporadic Pulsing or “Slipping” of Brakes

Have a 2011 Suzuki Equator 4WD (AKA Nissan Frontier). Had to brake hard from ~45MPH a few weeks ago to miss some turkeys in the road. Felt like ABS engaged. Now, from time to time I get a random ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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One wheel sometimes vibrates periodically after rotor & brake change

A week ago I changed the pads & rotors on my front tires. Everything was mostly normal. On the driver's side the calpier was very rusted, but I put it back on figuring the piston still looked ok....
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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Wheel covers for '95 civic EG with drum brakes

So I have a 1995 Civic hatchback with drum brakes. I am thinking of adding wheel covers (also called moon disks). Would this affect the drum brakes the same way it can sometimes affect disk brakes? ...
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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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shuddering when applying brakes

We purchased a 2002 Toyota Pre-Runner last November for our son from a local dealership. By March we experienced shuddering and had to replace both front and back brakes and get new front rotors, even ...
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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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Motorcycle: Annoying brake disc rubbing. Can't understand why

My bike is two months old. After about 1000 km's. I noticed rubbing on front disks. I think the left one making all sound. And the worse, this rubbing shaking handlebar after about 95 kmph and all ...
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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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Changed wheel cylinders and now pedal only hits floor

I tried to bleed system but when I step on pedal no fluid comes out of the bleeder bolt.
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2000 Chrysler Town & Country brakes are jamming. I have replaced calipers, rotors and pads

I have a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country van. I have replaced both front calipers, rotors, and pads. It is binding though. What are the causes of binding? Is there something that may have happened ...
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Motorcycle front disc brake scraping sound

Had my tyres changed on my CBF 125, last week. Since then, I've had issues with braking. I took the bike back to them and taking the wheel off (to change the tyre as it was already going flat) and ...
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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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Is grinding the “ear” of a disc brake pad ok to make it fit?

I searched this but no luck finding an answer. I recently did a disk brake rotor and pad replacement on a friends car. One of the pads would not fit in the allocated space in the caliper frame. The ...
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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 smoking overheating and car shaking

So I changed my front brake pads and had problems pushing in the passenger side piston. I eventually got it and everything on it started shaking. The passenger side was super hot, so I figured I had a ...
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What can cause warped rotors?

I have a forward rotor on my '04 Chrysler Sebring causing a lot of pulsation when braking. I replaced the rotor- but within about a month the problem had re-appeared. The guys at Monroe noticed my ...
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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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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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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 ...