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 does steering wheel shudder when applying brake?

I'm driving honda civic 2009, with new tires, new tie rods, new brake rotors, new brake pads, wheel balancing is also done. When applying brake, at speed of 40km/hr or above, the steering wheel ...
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Would there be any damage reversing with my hand brake on in a motorhome? [duplicate]

I was parking on a slope, I put the handbrake on and got out to check the back. When I returned I forgot the handbrake was on. When it didn't move I realised the handbrake was still on, I quickly ...
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New Pads + Rotors, mechanic says rear pistons are seized. Cyclical knocking sound while braking moderate to hard

2012 Mini Cooper w/ 72,000km on it (about 40k miles). Just had mechanic put on new pads and rotors on all 4 corners. Old brakes were constantly rubbing and making noise. A different mechanic said my ...
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What is tuner amperer and will it fix issue with radio?

I'm not sure if that's how you spell it, but the Mazda technician said "tuner amperer". In any case, I recently went to a Mazda dealer because there was radio static every time I hit the brake. This ...
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Grunting Sound when braking at low speed

I am driving a 2003 Honda Accord. I changed my brake pads and rotors for all 4 wheels a few months ago. They are CENTRIC PLAIN 120 SERIES ROTORS. and Akebono Pads. the first week after I changed them, ...
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Soft brake pedal mystery. Bled thoroughly many times (with a new bench bled master cylinder). No fluid leaks

I own a 2000 hyundai Accent (No ABS). I have brakes that function without the proper sensitivity and just can't firm up like my other Accent (same model) Sequence of Events I replaced the front ...
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Brakes dragging 1998 CB600F Hornet

I have an issue with my front left brake dragging on my 1998 Hornet. I'm trying to sort it but I'm baffled. I can visually see that the pistons retract once I release the brake lever. The caliper has ...
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While bleeding my brakes, I let brake fluid reservoir get too low. Am I now supposed to bench bleed the master cylinder?

I've bled my brakes several times now and I'm certain I've done it perfectly this last time, but...on my first time bleeding, I have this feeling I let the reservoir get a bit too low. Could that ...
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Back passenger tire stuck?

I have a 2005 Chevy Malibu that recently got an entire new redo on the braking system (new pads, drums, etc) and suspension after hearing a slight dragging noise when brakes were applied heavily. ...
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Hot Rim Looking for Suggestions

I've been coming home from work (~25 mins, highway) with a on/off hot rim on the rear drivers side. Car is a 2009 VW Rabbit. It has that signature burnt smell and the rim is very hot to the touch. ...
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When is a brake hard line 'kinked'

Would anyone be able to tell me if this brake line is 'kinked' ? I am replacing the hard line to the rear of the vehicle and I dont want to take any chances. https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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No brakes after bleeding all lines

Replaced a couple of brake lines and two wheel cylinders, and been bleeding the brakes and still don't have any brakes. Is my master cylinder gone? Not sure what to do now.
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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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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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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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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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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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