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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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Bleeding the brakes on a 98 dodge ram 2500 4wd 4 wheel abs. I read there are two valves that have to be bled off first?
You should first bleed the brakes normally and then hook up a DRB3 scanner and put ABS in bleed function to bleed out ABS system and then bleed system normally at each wheel again. Repeat as needed until all air...
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I started my car, but not all the way and pressed on the brakes a few times, and felt the brakes lock up a little bit. Turned on m
You should first check brake fluid to see if it is low on fluid? If not low then your master cylinder has failed and will need to be replaced.
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Car starting at 1000 RPM, having brake issues
It sounds like you might have a vacuum leak at your brake booster, or maybe the booster itself is bad. The booster uses engine vacuum to assist the brake pedal so when it fails, you can get a vacuum leak,...
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2004 Buick Rendezvous - Random metallic grinding sound when accelerating and/or braking
Brakes can make a whole variety of sounds under a whole variety of conditions. So it may just be that it is time for brake pads again. Or it could be that there is an issue with a wheel bearing...
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We bought a used Audi A7 in March. The brake pads light is on. I called and was quoted $1440 to replace the front brakes and rotor
Without seeing the quote to see all the work that will be performed I would say you need to have a second opinion and quote from YourMechanic. Contact the customer service to get your quote. The quote you got sounds...
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Rock damaged part and now it sounds like mental on metal rubbing
If the brake rotor dust shield got bent toward the rotor then all you need to do is pull it away from the rotor so it does not touch. If you cannot then you may need to get it removed...
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When I press on the breaks there is this pulse that runs through the car and i notice the tachometer go up.
If you have warped brake rotors, you will usually notice it when you are slowing down with moderate brake pressure. There will be a rumbling that you will feel in the floor and in the steering wheel. But it is...
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Driver side wheel sticks
If you have your lower control arm hanging low without support then your front axle outer cv joint may be at a too extreme angle or is binging. I recommend supporting the lower control arm and see if it still...
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2004 BMW 330 Ci a brake warning light is not coming on. When braking a slight pulse is felt through the steering wheel.
You're probably experiencing warped rotors. A few thousandths of an inch is all it takes. If it's not too severe, it's not dangerous. But it's pretty darned annoying. In most cases rotor replacement is the cure. Most likely the brake...
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The abs light came up suddenly in the dash. What I need to do? Is there any simple ways to fix it?
ABS refers to the Anti-lock Braking System. It is a computer controlled system that modulates the brake pressure to individual wheels if they are starting to lock up. The ABS controller is constantly monitoring the various sensors and devices in...
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When I stop quickly then go to start the car hesitates then jolts forward
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing to consider is your driving habits. If you are consistently braking hard, it can be rough on your brake system and you transmission. The jolt is the biggest cause for concern....
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My back tires won't rotate when I try to back up the back driver side wheel starts to feel like it's raising
Hello, thank you for writing in. There may be one of several issues going on. To start, this may be an issue of the parking brake not releasing. This should be inspected by a brake specialist, or by someone who...
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Hey Jay, what should I charge someone for bleeding their brakes on a 04 tc?
Brake system flush will be the same as bleeding and will be a minimum of one hours labor.
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Brakes not as responsive, must slam on breaks to stop, sponge pedal, slowed braking, replaced most parts already, can’t find leak
The problem you describe of low or no pedal after replacing the master cylinder is an indication of air is still in the system. You may have antilock brakes that needs to be bled out using a scanner that can...
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Can worn brakes cause power train malfunction light to illuminate in 13 ford edge?
It is not likely the brakes are causing the Powertrain light to come on unless you have brakes that are grinding metal to metal. This can cause excessive metal to get on the wheels antilock speed sensor and cause erratic...
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While I was driving I all of a sudden couldn't accelerate no more and my brakes locked up. 1991 Nissan Pathfinder
Hello Typically when this occurs it is due to the brake fluid being contaminated or from a failure in the brake master cylinder. Most of the time when something other than brake fluid is put in the system the seals...
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brake pedal goes to floor when starting vehicle
It is normal for the brakes to go down about 4 inches when starting the car with foot on the brakes but not for the brakes to go to the floor. If it goes all the way to the floor...
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What is minimum thickness for rear brake discs on 2004 Cadillac SRX?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The minimum thickness for the brake rotor should be listed on the rotor itself towards the center beyond the braking surface. It will vary depending on what rotors have been installed on the vehicle....
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Replaced front calipers and pads, rotor on right front, but passenger side rotor is still burning and smoking?
You will need to check the caliper slides are not binding and are lubed properly. If okay then with wheel off see if rotor is binding and then open the bleeder on the caliper to see if it releases the...

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