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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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Whenever I initially start braking over 25 mph I hear a metal clanking noise
The brake system and nearby components should be inspected. There has to be something noticeably loose to create that obvious of a noise on braking. Were a mechanic to look closely, he or she would undoubtedly find the issue as,...
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2008 Ford Edge turned key on key off key on and displayed check brake system and went off but able to replicate every time
At key on, many dash warning lights will come on momentarily, and then turn off, as a system test as well as bulb check. If the brake warning light goes off immediately, that is normal. If you suspect a fault...
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Picking right master cylinder
If you are having a problem bleeding the brakes then you may need to use a pressure or vacuum bleeder and a scanner to put the ABS in bleed function. If continue to have a problem with low pedal then...
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Help! About a week ago I noticed my 2006 Buick Rendevous was not braking when coasting into my driveway or into a parking spot
If a problem existed in the transmission, that would not prevent the brakes from applying properly. If the brakes were serviced at a shop, there is normally a warranty on such service and if you are within the warranty the...
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Brake drum wear.
From the picture, it doesn't look like much damage has been done to the brake shoe. The shoe isn't brand new so you may experience some amount of noise or vibration coming from them. For the absolute best results, it...
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I have a 2004 nissan quest van my v.d.c. light won't go off can u tell me any suggestions?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The VDC light illuminates when the Vehicle Dynamic Control system is not on, or is not working. Due to it being consistently illuminated, there is likely an issue with the system. The Dynamic Control...
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Airplane sound while applying the brakes.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The noise you are hearing is very likely caused by the brake pads wearing down over time like they are designed to do. You are hearing the metal of the brake calipers rubbing on...
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Got hit by the gas tank on a 2000 nissan maxima now axel looks bent. What else might be broken
Hello, thank you for writing in. In the area of the fuel tank and axle, there are likely fuel and brake lines to be concerned about. This is in addition to the components related to the wheel, axle, and fuel...
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04 Dodge Neon wheel is locking up on driver front side
The brake hose should not have been twisted unless the caliper was twisted before it was installed back on when the bearing was done. I suggest you have another mechanic like one from YourMechanic verify the caliper and brake hoses...
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I changed the break light switch and now I can not get the truck out of park
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having issues the with ABS system. Considering the timing with the brake light switch, you will want to verify that installation and make sure it is clean, dry, and tight....
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Brakes don't work good in my 1996 Honda Accord
Hi there. From what you are explaining it sounds like there is a leak in the system. The brake fluid should not be going down at all unless there is a leak. If you are losing brake fluid and there...
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What parts would I need to fix brake fluid leaking from my front front inside wheel?
Hello, thank you for writing in. While replacing the brake pads and rotors is standard service after they wear down, they would not cause a fluid leak. You likely have two separate brake system issues happening at the same time....
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when i hold the brakes the car stalls out but no check engine light is on
Disconnect and plug the brake booster vacuum line and then see if vehicle still stalls when you hit the brakes. You most likely have a bad brake booster leaking vacuum and stalling engine.
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how long should it take to replace a brake vacuum pump on a 2003 Ford F-250 super duty ?
Without diagnosis or testing the vacuum brake booster pump will take less than 1.5 hours. The time may vary if components are rusted, corroded or any other problems are encountered.
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I broke a break line on the front left it runs along the axle i dont know what exactly i need to buy to replace it
Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically you want to replace the entire line that was broken. That means from one fitting where it ties into the system, to the next fitting. They are broken into sections that allow you...
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I blew the right front caliper on my dodge ram (2001) 1500 v6 magnum. I have no oil coming out of any brake front or back. Hiw do
I your brake master cylinder cannot produce any pressure or build it up after pumping brakes several times then you need to replace the master cylinder and put fresh fluid in system. Then vacuum bleed the system starting with right...
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I had front brakes and rotors replaced and now my brakes are squeaking and grinding when I come to a stop. I just had front and b
Hello, thank you for writing in. A squealing noise typically happens because there is a vibration between the pad and the rotor. This is likely pertaining to the caliper that moves the brake pad back and forth. While they may...
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Chirp and squeal goes away when braking(new brakes new rotors)
You will need to have the brake pads and rotors checked to see if the sensors are not rubbing on the rotor. Also the backing dust plate may be hitting the rotor. If your ABS is engaging when it should...
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Would locked calipets cause lack of acceleration
If your brakes are locked up due to seized calipers then yes the brakes can cause the vehicle will not have normal vehicle acceleration.
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When I press my brake pedal I hear a whistle sound
Your brake master cylinder is leaking vacuum or your vacuum check valve at the vacuum connection is leaking or noisey. Have these two things checked to isolate where the noise is coming from and replace noisey part.

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