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How to Replace Rear Car Brake Shoes
Car brakes consist of disc brakes or drum brakes. Brake shoes are a part of drum brakes and provide the full braking power needed to stop a car.
How to Replace a Vacuum Brake Booster
The vacuum brake booster generates extra force for car brakes. If your car is hard to stop or wants to shut off, replace your brake booster.
How Much it Costs When You Ignore Basic Car Care
Car maintenance like oil changes, brake service, and tire care save money when done on time. Ignoring oil changes can cost you thousands of dollars.
How to Replace an Anti-Lock Brake Pressure Switch on Most Modern Cars
Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) have a pressure switch that fails if the the light appears on your dashboard or there is wheel locking during braking.
How to Replace a Brake Booster Vacuum Sensor
The brake booster vacuum pressure sensor is a vital part of power brake operation. A Check Engine Light or a hard brake pedal are signs of failure.
What Does the Brake System (Hand Brake, Parking Brake) Warning Light Mean?
When the brake system warning light is on, your brakes may not work properly. The parking brake may be engaged, or there is a low fluid level.
How to Replace an ABS Control Module
An ABS module can be a difficult part to replace depending on the manufacturer's design. You may need to reprogram and bleed the system if necessary.
How to Replace a Car Combination Valve
The combination valve balances your brake system. If broken, it should be replaced to ensure a safe driving experience.
How to Replace a Power Brake Booster
Replacing a power brake booster can be challenging, as it requires several steps and the proper tools to do so.
How to Change Front Brake Pads
Brake pads are failing when the brakes are noisy, the brake pedal pulsates when pressed, or there is poor brake response when the pedal is pressed.
How to Replace a Vacuum Brake Booster Check Valve
Brakes are assisted by the vacuum brake booster check valve that fails when the brake pedal is hard to press, feels spongy, or does not work at all.
How to Replace an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Fuse or Relay on Most Cars
Anti-lock brake systems have a fuse that fails if the ABS brake light is on or when the fuse is blown. The wheels may lock up if the ABS fuse is bad.
How Bad Driving Prematurely Wears Out Your Car
Bad drivers and bad driving habits can cause strain on car parts, especially the tires, brakes, body, and electrical and steering systems.
Signs You Need New Car Brakes
Car brakes are essential to maintain for safety. Spongy brake pedals and a shaky steering wheel are signs to change the brake pads or brake rotors.
3 Ways to Increase the Average Life of Car Brakes
Car brakes are essential to safe driving. Extend the life of your brakes with soft braking, coming to a complete stop, and removing excess weight.
How to Replace a Brake Wheel Cylinder
The wheel cylinder on the brake system fails if the brakes are mushy, they respond poorly, or there is leaking brake fluid.
How to Replace a Proportioning Valve
The brakes on the rear wheels may lock up when the brake is applied especially when surfaces are wet if the proportioning valve is failing.
How to Bleed Car Brakes
Bleeding brakes removes trapped air from the car brake system and flushes old fluid and contaminants. Bleed brakes when the brake pedal is spongy.
How to Replace a Hydro-Boost Brake Booster
Diesel engines require a brake booster that is different from vehicles with engine vacuum. The hydro-boost unit uses power steering fluid pressure.
How to Replace an Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM)
ABS systems is controlled by electronic brake control modules (EBCM) which monitors sensors and relays data for smooth and safe braking.

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The cost to replace the engine cooling thermostat depends on whether you have the 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder and gas versus diesel. These engines are quite different which means the labor cost to access the thermostat varies. If you...
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VSA Light still coming on after replacing the brakes.
Check the brake fluid in the master cylinder reservoir and see if its low. If the fluid is low then top it off with Dot 3 brake fluid and see if the light goes out. If the brake fluid is...
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Need brake pads on infiniti...will it be infinit pads?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Simply put, no, the pads will not necessarily be infinity brand. While there are many manufactures of brake pads that will make replacements for your vehicle, you can get brand name replacements from...
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Brake line leak front right wheel well.
When the metal brake lines have leaks you need to first look to see the reason for the leak. Was the line damaged by something hitting it, rubbing through it or is the brake lines rusted to the point of...
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New Master cylinder issues
Hello Myles, thank you for writing in. Often when you replace a master cylinder, you have to bleed the master cylinder before hooking it up to the vehicle. If you did not bleed this new component separately, you can develop...
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2008 mercury mallies makes a hise noise (on the right side of the engine compartment ) when the brake peddle is pressed
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Consider the noise and determine if it sound like a fluid or air sound, or if it is more mechanical as in a metal on metal noise. The vehicle does have brake lines...
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Brake hose instructions states that hose must be straightened and left in warm area before installation. How important is this.
As long as the length is correct, and the ends on the hose match those that are being replaced, it really should not be a big deal. If the hose is installed and won't be driven for a week anyway,...
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brakes won't hold fluid
The rear brakes on the 2000 Villager are drum brakes operated by a wheel cylinder that is bolted to a steel backing plate and covered by the brake drum. If there is no visible external leak, yet brake fluid is...
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Brake keep locking up while driving and coming to a stop and while in park.
The calipers could have a piston that is sticking or the combination valve on the brake system is sticking causing the brakes to be locking up after touching the brake pedal. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one...
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hard pedal, no brake action or fluid with engine on or off.
If the brake system was working before and now the brake pedal is hard and the front calipers are not moving, then the brake booster has failed (which is the hissing sound that you are hearing) and there seems to...
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Steering wheels move to the right when applied the brake.
Causes of brake pull include worn or warped rotors, a stuck caliper, a collapsed brake hose, worn suspension parts and uneven tire inflation. Vibration on braking is typically due to excessive thickness variation in the brake rotor, pad defects, or...
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can you just drain the fluid and put a new seal?
If there there has been brake fluid in the brake booster, that has damaged the booster and consequently it will have to be replaced. If the master cylinder is leaking at one seal, all seals in the master cylinder should...
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I have a 1993 Honda Accord that needs brakes and front suspension and drive lines put back on. Car is on jacks.
Hi there. If you are needing to replace parts, then I recommend putting on the OEM specified parts that are required for your vehicle. If you are needing someone to assist you in fixing your car, then seek out a...
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Car pulls to the right after replacing the driver side rear tire.
Logically, if the car started pulling immediately AFTER you put a new tire on the rear, it would seem unlikely that the pulling is due to an alignment issue. Uneven tire inflation will cause pulling so do check to make...
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Rotor specifications?
Front rotors are BMW part number 34116864047. You will need 2 of course. Rear rotors are BMW part number 34216864052. You will need 2. If you input these part numbers on-line, you will find the rotors easily. Shipped they are...
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BRAKE FLUID LEAK; REAR DRIVER SIDE 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
Hi - the brake fluid leak you discovered could be a damaged brake line, or leaking brake caliper or wheel cylinder. I recommend a brake system inspection ASAP, performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who...
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Brakes not working
I would first look at the fluid level in the master cylinder. If the fluid level is low, there is a possibility that a brake line was damaged and now leaks, perhaps related to the car being towed. If the...
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Lost power steering and now my brake and battery light are on is the car safe to drive
Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. If the fluid level is normal and the brakes work normally, it might be safe to drive to a repair shop but beyond that, no, it is definitely not safe to...
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Grinding noise when braking and turning left.
Hi there. The grinding noise seems to be a rotating item on your vehicle. Check the wheel bearings on the front of the vehicle and see if there is any dust around them. If there is dust, then the bearing...
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Brake system, coolant leak, brake fluid leak ,wheel hub
All of these repairs are feasible. Brake systems can leak at a variety of points but the repairs are pretty straightforward. What I would suggest is you visit the YourMechanic Internet portal and request brake leak diagnostic and repair service....

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