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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Master Cylinder
Common signs of a faulty brake master cylinder include abnormal brake pedal behavior, contaminated brake fluid, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
How Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?
Brake pads and brake rotors wear out over time. How long brakes last depends on the brake material, as well as your driving patterns.
Is it Safe to Drive With the ABS Light On?
The ABS warning light means the anti-lock braking system isn’t working properly, and may not work if you need to stop your car quickly.
How the Parking Brake Works
A parking brake (also known as an emergency brake) is part of the vehicle’s braking system. You will see a...
How the Parking Brake Works
A parking brake (also known as an emergency brake) is part of the vehicle’s braking system. You will see a...
Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin along with the wheels so...
Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin along with the wheels so...
Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin along with the wheels so...
What Is Engine Braking?
Drivers can use engine braking to slow the speed of their engine and vehicle. Engine decompression helps your brakes last longer and car stop sooner.
How Drum Brakes Work
Car drum brake systems include the drum, brake shoes, and wheel cylinder. The cylinder pushes the shoes into the drum to slow or stop your car.
How Drum Brakes Work
Car drum brake systems include the drum, brake shoes, and wheel cylinder. The cylinder pushes the shoes into the drum to slow or stop your car.
How Disc Brakes Work
Car disc brake systems are made up of the rotor, brake pads, pistons, and caliper. The pistons push the pads into the rotor to slow or stop your car.
How to Make an Emergency Stop in Your Car
Every driver should know the best way to brake their car. If your car brakes go out, downshift to use engine braking to slow you down.
How to Troubleshoot a Car that Nose Dives When Braking
Cars nose dive when the suspension is faulty. Inspect the car brake system, test the shocks and struts, and do a bounce test to diagnose the cause.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Parking Brake Drum
If your car's parking brakes don't hold or just work poorly overall, you may need to replace the parking brake drum.
Tips on Braking for New Drivers
New New drivers have to spend some serious time behind the wheel before they are ready to go out on their own and drive on busy roads. Situational awareness is tricky to maintain with so much happening around the vehicle,...
Tips on Braking for New Drivers
New New drivers have to spend some serious time behind the wheel before they are ready to go out on their own and drive on busy roads. Situational awareness is tricky to maintain with so much happening around the vehicle,...
Tips on Braking for New Drivers
New New drivers have to spend some serious time behind the wheel before they are ready to go out on their own and drive on busy roads. Situational awareness is tricky to maintain with so much happening around the vehicle,...
Can I Safely Add Camber to My Wheels?
It’s It’s increasingly common to see “tuner” cars (or less commonly, pickup trucks) with extreme camber settings — in other words, with wheels and tires that are noticeably tilted relative to vertical. Some owners may wonder whether changing their camber...
Can I Safely Add Camber to My Wheels?
It’s It’s increasingly common to see “tuner” cars (or less commonly, pickup trucks) with extreme camber settings — in other words, with wheels and tires that are noticeably tilted relative to vertical. Some owners may wonder whether changing their camber...

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Steering wheel vibrating during braking
It sounds like your problem is most likely warped rotors. You should also check the wheel bearings for any looseness. If you are getting steering vibrations then your power steering gear steering valve may be causing the issue and would...
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Steering wheel vibrates while braking.
The people you talked to were all correct in a way. With an unbalanced tire, you will not feel the vibration at slow speeds. You will only feel it once the vehicle gets faster. It sometimes goes away with increased...
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I drive a 2006 Suzuki forenza manual, whenever I break my RPM goes up and I get a screeching noise slowing down.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There have been many similar complaints about this model and others. The issue may be caused by several different components, and you will want to check into each of them. To begin, you will...
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Turning left I get a rhythmic chirp, sounds like brake pad indicator; chirping increases w/ speed; stops when brake applied
Hello, thank you for writing in. The noises you are hearing are most likely the brakes. What is causing them to chirp is what needs to be the main focus, at least until you can rule out the braking system....
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Car rattling noise upon acceleration
Hello, thank you for writing in. The clanking noise is likely associated with the brake system or the CV joints. You will want these inspected first before looking to anything else. CV joints wear down and fall out of alignment....
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My battery light comes on when braking and every once in a while while driving?
Hi there. Sounds like a battery terminal is loose and becomes slightly disconnected when the car is shifted forward during braking. Check the battery cables and make sure that they are tight on the battery terminals. If the battery cables...
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Hello. My 2005 Dakota makes a loud thud about part of the time half way through braking and sometimes when accelerating.
Check your suspension on your front of the vehicle. It seems that the control arm bushings are worn or damaged and the bolts could be loose causing the suspension to move around when the vehicle is under a load. If...
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Engine cuts out when breaking
Check the brake booster for any vacuum leaks. The brake booster check valve could be split, the brake booster supply vacuum hose could be loose or split, or the brake booster diaphragm could have a slight tear or a pin...
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I have a 2003 Cadillac DeVille. It makes a popping sound from driver side front wheel when you turn to right and when you give it gas.
The noise that you are hearing is the CV Shaft outer joint is locking up during the turn. Check the CV Shafts out to see if the boots are damaged and if there is any lubricants that are sprayed out...
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My car pulls to the side when I leave acceleration and when I'm braking. What could be the real problem?
For the vehicle to move to the right as you accelerate, that would be an engine and transmission mount that is either loose, damaged, or broken. For the vehicle to pull as you brake, there could be an issue with...
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My car pulls to the driver's side when braking, i've fitted new pads and a new caliper on the passenger side but no difference.
Hello, and thank you for writing in. There are several reasons why your vehicle may pull to one side or the other while braking. The first thing to consider is a warped rotor or faulty brake pads. When you replace...
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Won't start unless I wiggled the solenoid harness. Extreme break pressing or shifting through gears several times.
There is a ground or broken wire issue in your vehicle causing the engine to not start. Check the harness to the solenoid and see if there is a loose wire or a broken wire. If the wiring is good,...
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Burning plastic-like smell when braked for more than 10-20 seconds
If the odor is coming from your car (as opposed to perhaps surrounding cars which can happen) and you are only detecting the odor on application of the brakes, a possibility is the brake caliper is failing to retract and...
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when coming to a stop, my truck has a binding/clunking noise in the rear end
Hello, thank you for writing in. While the components you have looked into are great inspections considering you tow often, lets start a little simpler and work our way down the list. Since this is happening while you are braking,...
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My ford Fairmond car brake works only by pressing hard on the brake pedal while driving to stop.
Hi there. First check the brake fluid and make sure that it's full and clean. If the brake fluid is black in color and is the original brake fluid in the vehicle, I recommend flushing the brake fluid to remove...
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Rattling when accelerating and oil light comes on when I hit the brakes
Hi there. It seems that the oil may be too low or too high. Check the engine oil and see if the oil is lower than normal or higher than normal. Drain out the engine oil and remove the oil...
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Occasionally there is a grinding noise when braking to a stop then engine stall.
Hi there. If the noise is only heard when the brakes are applied, then the rotors and pads are rubbing metal to metal. This can make a grinding noise that is heard throughout the vehicle. For the vehicle stalling at...
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Brakes fade and pedal go to the floor
The brake pedal should stay up hard when you have the engine off. As long as you do not see any loss of fluid after system is bled out of any air in the system. You may need to have...
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Looking to replace my rear breaks
Basically, if you are concerned about the quality, suitability, durability, and proper function of a replacement part on a modern motor vehicle, and you should be, the only acceptable practice is to use dealer OEM parts. To select parts using...
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Hi, I got into a car accident with my bmw e36 and nothing but a dent in the middle of the grilles. Car would start but wouldn't mo
Hello. From what you describe it sounds as if your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. Brakes not functioning are usually caused by serious issues with the brake system. If they are not functioning at all then that...

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