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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.
How to Install New Rotors
A brake rotor is one of the key components to helping bring your car to a stop. The brake pads squeeze together against the rotor, which spins with the wheel, to...
How to Replace a Brake Master Cylinder
Brake master cylinders are a key part of your car braking system. Brake master cylinder replacement helps brake pedals hold pressure when you brake.
How to Adjust Drum Brakes
Many vehicles come equipped with drum brakes. For many years, disc brakes have been used at the front of the vehicles while drum brakes are used at the...
How to Recognize Brake Pad Wear Patterns
Brake pads apply pressure to the brake rotor to slow or stop a car. Brake pads that are wearing unevenly indicate that your brakes need adjustment.
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 Adjust a Parking Brake Shoe
Before you begin, it’s important to be familiar with your specific parking brake system. While all systems accomplish the same thing, the designs will vary from manufacturer...
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 Stop on a Slippery Road Without Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
Slippery road conditions can make it hard to avoid obstacles, especially without ABS brakes. Keep control of your vehicle to avoid unexpected objects.
How to Flush Car Brake Fluid
Air or water in the brake fluid causes spongy brakes and reduces braking efficiency. Perform a brake fluid flush to remove all contaminated fluid.
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.
How to Replace a Cruise Control Brake Release Switch
The cruise control is turned off by the brake release switch which fails either when the cruise control does not deactivate or does not set properly.
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 Service Parking Brake Shoes
The parking brake shoe fails when the emergency brake is engaged but the vehicle does not stay parked and moves position when the mechanism is active.

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Heavy vibration when braking above 40 mph. Also vibrates in the steering wheel
This may be a variety of things, such as wheels and tires out-of-balance, poor alignment, worn or failing wheel bearings, worn or failing control arm bushings, or worn or failing suspension components. A wheel bearing will usually fail due...
Help with turning the brake rotor
Not all rotors can resurfaced. It depends on the material that is used when making the rotors. As far as the lip goes, yes, the lip is where the pad has worn into the rotor. If the lip is enough...
Hard braking causes steering wheel to shake
It seems that you may be correct. I am here to help and hopefully find your issue. Find a road where you can get up to around 30-40 miles per hour and lightly press on the brakes. Press on them...
At slow speeds the ABS kicks in when breaking. I'm on dry pavement. Is the speed sensor or hydraulic brake booster pump at fault?
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a wheel speed or a yaw sensor issue. I would start by checking the tires. Make sure that they are all the same. If one of the tires is different than...
Poor fuel economy and sluggish acceleration. Also, my car has squeaky breaks.
Hi there. It sounds like you have a few issues here, but the loss of power and mileage is concerning. It sounds like you have an issue with a failing catalytic converter. If this fails it will clog the exhaust...
Why do I constantly need to replace the brake rotors and brake pads?
Hi there. That's a really good question. What reason were you given that the rotors need replacing? What symptoms are you experiencing? If you have a brake vibration, the rotors should have enough thickness after a year, unless you drive...
Car tries to pull forward after coming to a stop.
Hi and thanks for your question. Check the brakes to ensure that they are adjusted and are in good condition. The brakes should be 3 times more powerful than the engine. For the engine not having any acceleration, there could...
Car is pulling like it wants to keep moving when at a stop
Hello and thank you for your question. This is a symptom of the brakes not being applied correctly. Check the condition of the brakes for proper adjustment. Also, look at the rpm's of the vehicle and make sure that the...
My brother put half a glass of water in the brake fluid container. What should I do?
You will need to have the brake system pressure bled until there is not evidence of any water left in the system. The first thing to do is to suck out all the fluid out of the brake reservoir first...
ABS problems
Hey there. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When...
Cannot flush the brake system
Hello. If the system is functioning correctly then flushing the system should not be difficult or require a significant effort at all. If the system is not bleeding properly then there is likely some sort of issue with one of...
Replacing front brake pad and reasonable dealership cost
Hi there. I understand your concern. I start suggesting brake pad replacement at 3mm. Most technicians have a brake pad thickness gauge that takes the guesswork out of determining when to suggest brake pads replacement; 1-3mm is red, 4-6mm is...
Changed my brake pads, now there is a grinding noise and the brake is spongy
The grinding noise you may be hearing may be a sign of worn out brake pads grinding on the brake rotors. When the brake pads wear down beyond a specific measurement, this kind of sound is common and may also...
My car needs to have its brake pads changed and has a crank sensor problem
Hi there. Before we assume the root cause of the problem, there needs to be a proper diagnosis performed. There is nothing more costly than replacing parts that are not needed or a misdiagnosis resulting in unnecessary parts being replaced....
My ABS light and occasionally my emergency brake light is coming on and my brakes occasionally make a grinding noise when coming to a stop.
Hello there, many faults will cause your ABS light and emergency brake light to be seen on your 2009 Chevy Aveo5. When the ABS light is on it indicates there is a fault in the ABS system. This fault will...
Squeaking noise when braking. Pads still very good.
The majority of modern cars on the road have certain wear marks in the brake pads that will make a squeaking noise when they reach a specific material thickness. When the pads wear down to a specific mark, they will...
drive train vibration
Hello there, vibrations are one of the most common faults with your 2010 F-150. You have done great so far in checking the drive shaft and u-joints as well as replacing the rotors and balancing the wheels. These are all...
Right front brake?? comes on when turning on a left hand curve in the road. not every curve but always the same curve.
This is definitely an odd symptom, however it sounds like there may potentially be a brake line (possibly to the right side caliper) being pinched or hung up causing the caliper to grab when turning left. This is something that...
brake rubbing noise
The problem is that you had the brake rotors resurfaced and the pads were not replaced. The old pads surface was not flat when the rotor surface was resurfaced. The raised parts of the pads wore into the rotors first...
Why is newly replaced brake booster making a whistling noise and brake pedal staying depressed?
Hello, it sounds like you have a bad run with parts. That booster is leaking internally. It has nothing to do with installation. You need to get another booster, may be a different brand. Make sure your vacuum hose to...

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