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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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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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 ...
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2009 Vibe 2.4L rear driver-side brake heating up

My Vibe has recently had its rear brake pads and rotors replaced, but nothing else in the brake system. Yesterday I drove for about 20km and noticed a burning smell and a lot of heat coming off of ...
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replacing a small brake line in the rear of a 2006 Kia Spectra,

the small brake line burst on the rear of our 2006 Kia Spectra , I just replaced the line, once it is together ,do I need to bleed the other side.
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2011 Ford F-250 brake pedal goes to floor when pushed after driving at high speeds above 60 mph

After driving for a few minutes above 60 mph when you apply the brakes the pedal goes to the floor. Pedal returns when pumped. All other times the brakes work fine. Took to Ford dealer they said it ...
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Brake pedal grinds and lifts back up

Occasionally when I push on the brake pedal it starts to go down then suddenly feels like a grind and lifts back up as if brakes aren’t engaging. Then I put more pressure and it goes down again. The ...
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Brake issues after little accident

My car is a brand new Volkswagen Golf (2019, 7 000 km), and is equipped (among other equipments) with Autohold, it is important for the rest of the story. This system, once the car is stopped, locks ...
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What are the pros and cons for the two possible “gear directions” when parking the car on a hill?

Let's suppose I leave my car in gear when parking on a hill (besides using handbrake and turning the wheels towards/away from the curb, depending on the direction I'm parking in). In case that matters,...
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Brake clicking sound in Infiniti Q50S

I have a 2016 Infiniti Q50S and since almost a year upon braking I hear and feel something clicking inside the brakes. The Infiniti guys have attempted to diagnose the problem but have never been ...
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New front brake pads riding on new rotors and making slight noise - normal?

2009 Scion XD, 110K miles. I replaced my front rotors and pads with the Raybestos brake kit found on Rock Auto.com. Since I live in the rust belt, and my current rotors rusted apart before the ...
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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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2001 Oldsmobile Alero brakes go straight to floor with no resistance

The front brakes were squeaking so I changed the pads. I bled them until there was no air. Then the brakes were not working well. You had to push the pedal all the way to the floor and it would barely ...
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Rear caliper seized after brake pads replaced. Is this linked?

I had my rear brakepads replaced in February by a Honda dealer doing an MOT. Afterwards I noticed heat and a slight burning smell. I've just been to Kwikfit for a front tyre and they've told me it ...
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2008 Chevy uplander with brake problems

I tried to bleed my brakes on my van and I can only bleed my passenger front and driver rear calipers but my other two won't bleed why is that if anyone came help me out I would be grateful
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brake pad material?

I'm unclear about 'organic' (NAO) vs ceramic vs semi-metallic. For years, I'd just go to the parts store and say "I need pads for [whatever low-end Chevy I was driving]," and then get the 2nd-...
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What is the benefit of having two front brakes on a motorcycle?

Most new motorcycles seem to come with two disc brakes in the front. My bike only has one disc brake in the front and I can easily brake hard enough to make it activate the ABS, thus making my front ...
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Brake Pads on a Jeep Patriot

I have recently changed the brake pads on my Jeep Patriot. It seems to me that the pads just "sit" inside the caliper as opposed to actually being attached (in some shape, way, or form) to something. ...
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ABS and Brake light fault after battery disconnected

I bought a new battery that ran flat after two weeks. Took it back to the garage and they disconnected negative from my battery whilst the engine was running to check my alternator but now I have ...
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Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 ES / Hearing relay click sound from the back every time I press the brake pedal?

I just purchased a used Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 ES with leather seats and 4WD. I never sat in one before. Is it normal to hear a relay click at the back of the vehicle every single time I press on ...
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Unable to bleed brakes 87 nissan 300zx

I am currently restoring a 1987 Nissan 300zx I replaced the master cylinder and when bleeding the brakes the pedal would hold for a few seconds and then slowly fall I ran about 2 liters of fluid ...
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How to diagnose single sided brake locking?

Car: Mazda MX-5 MK1 1.6 with 1.8 brake kit, no ABS So, I had a front passenger side sticking caliper, which I replaced. I kept the brake pads as they had only a few millimetres of difference on the ...
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2002 Honda Odyssey - how much extra labor to replace backing plates as part of brake job

I've been experiencing vibration when braking in my 2002 Odyssey and took it into a shop. Shop is recommending a brake job all around, which makes sense. In addition, the mechanic noticed that the ...
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Dealer recommending new calipers

I have a '12 VW Passat (66k miles) and recently the rear brakes have been squealing when backing out of parking in morning and sometimes when rolling to a stop. I first thought it was just rust build ...
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Brake not hard anymore?

On engine off, when brake is depressed and released several times, eventually it becomes hard. As soon as engine is started, it becomes soft. This is normal. However, recently, even when off it doesn'...
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Can performance brakes (Brembo's) be used on road trips in the rain?

This is a follow up question to my never ending situation regarding the stock brakes on the 2018 Subaru BRZ SportTech RS (they're Brembo's from the factory): How long should disc brakes take to slow ...
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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 pedal goes to floor “sometimes” only

Driving a 2007 Volvo S40, automatic transmission. As title states, my braking pedal sometimes goes to floor during driving, mainly when I'm in a traffic jam and using the brakes actively. It also ...
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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 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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Hissing/air sound when applying brakes

I recently noticed that when applying the brakes, I can hear a hissing sound that is similar to air being released. The car is a 2006 Infiniti g35x. I did a thorough search and the problem that comes ...
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Spongy / soft feeling brakes on brand new car

Just got a 2019 CX-5, brand new. Brakes feel spongy, like you need to apply a lot of pressure to them. Almost felt like I had a hard time planning my stops to get the car to stop exactly at the stop ...
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2000 Suburban brake “Imbalance” issue

My son-in-law has a 2000 Suburban. We replaced all 4 rotors and pads as well as the left rear caliper. The caliper was replaced because upon completion of the initial brake job during the test drive ...
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2010 Mazda 3 Rotors and Brake Pads

I have a Mazda 3 2010 at 100,000 miles. Unfortunately I don't have the exact history for replacement but recently had a vehicle report done at a mechanic where they started I should replace front ...
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Can a brake booster vacuum hose malfunction in a situation where the car is wet but work fine when the car is dry?

I'm posting this in follow up to this question. To summarize, when conditions are wet (snow or rain) after a few minutes without braking my car will lose the ability to slow down quickly. I'd ...
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Noise during hard braking

Today due to some emergency situation I applied very hard brake on my 2018 Honda Civic and it made a very loud sound as something got broken and car freeze .. after 2 min it started working.. Did ...
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2007 Jeep Liberty Sport- all of my brake lights came on in the dash

I was driving normally, braked and all of the brake lights on my dash came on and stayed on. why?
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2004 Suburban brake pedal goes to the floor [closed]

Replaced power booster and the brake pedal goes to the floor after turning on vehicle

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