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Is it Safe to Drive With the ABS Light On?
It isn't safe to drive with the car ABS light on since it means the ABS isn't working properly. ABS may not work if you need to stop your car quickly.
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.
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 Often Should Brakes Be Replaced?
Brake pads and brake rotors wear out over time. How often brakes should be replaced depends on the brake material, as well as your driving patterns.
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.
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 Long Do Brake Calipers Last?
Calipers are an essential part of the braking system of any vehicle. The calipers press the brake pads against the surface of the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. The two...
How the Parking Brake Works
A parking brake (also known as an emergency brake) is part of the...
How to Handle a Car With Total Brake Failure
Brake failure is terrifying and most motorists consider it to be a worst-case scenario. Here are a few things to keep in mind in case you find yourself in such a situation. Awareness...
Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin...

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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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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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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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Brake Pulsation
If you are getting a pulsation only at high speed and stopping fast is going to be the brake rotors have a slight warpage or have hot spots on the rotors. You would need to replace the rotors and the...
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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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Car makes a long thumping noise and skids once the brake is applied
Hello. Does the noise and slipping seem like it is coming from all wheels? It is likely that the brake pads have been installed improperly on all or some of the wheels. The pads can be in crooked, or faulty....
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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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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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Rear wheel stopped spinning and now it's going again.
If the rear drums brakes are locking the wheel and backing up unlocks it and now it grinds is going to be the brake shoes inside the drum came apart. You will need to have the brake drums removed 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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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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Car pulls right when breaking.
Pulling on braking can be due to misalignment, differences in brake pad and rotor material, and wear, from side to side, tire defects, uneven tire inflation and so forth. You can measure the pressure differential from side to side, using...
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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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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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Rear passenger side clicking while breaking at speeds under 30mph.
The noise could be the brake pads are miss aligned or if the metal retainers are missing or damaged on the calipers. The metal retainers are designed to hold the brake pad in place and if they are missing or...
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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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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.
Hello. It sounds like you have a failing cv axle. When the axle joint fails and has excessive freeplay then this noise will occur. It can also be caused by something loose in the brakes or possibly a failing suspension...
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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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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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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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