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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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There is a noise from the co-drivers wheel.
Hi there. Check the rotor out to see if it's glazed over. If the rotor is glazed over (very shiny) then the brake pad will not grab the rotor, but rather slide against the rotor. This will make a sound...
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I was rear ended by another car. The insurance team repaired my rear bumper free of cost. 2 days later my ABS lights came.
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Why no front disc pressure after replacing rear drum shoes?
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Brake pedal feels mushy & goes almost to floor.
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What does it mean when you hit your brakes your car tried to sway
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Brakes are failing no fluid leaks at all and brake fluid resevoir still full
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breaks
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Brake calipers
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Rear passenger side wheel completely locked up.
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Front grinding when I brake but brakes are fine plenty of meat on then but disc has groove in them ?
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I have a 97 mountaineer that is dumping brake fluid. The brakes suddenly went soft while driving how do I diagnosis the problem
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