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How to Troubleshoot a Car that Nose Dives When Braking
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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.
Can I Safely Add Camber to My Wheels?
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...
Tips on Braking for New Drivers
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...
How Drum Brakes Work
Drum brakes are one of two broad categories of brakes on modern vehicles. They are most often seen on the rear of the vehicle while disc brakes operate the front of the...
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) is part of the vehicle’s braking system. You will see a lever inside the car, often by the center console, which may be engaged...
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 along with the wheels so that when the brake pads clamp down on them, they stop the car....

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Transmission slipping and Check Engine Light is on
Hi there. From your description of the transmission slipping when warm, leads me to believe, the transmission fluid is not low. The vehicle's computer is, apparently, recognizing the fault and turns the Check Engine Light on. Accessing the codes stored...
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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...
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Steering/ front end vibration at high speeds
Hey there. I would recommend checking your intermediate shaft from the steering wheel to the rack and pinion. If the joint on your intermediate shaft has failed, this can cause the steering wheel to shake at certain speeds. If the...
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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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There is shaking upon braking - 2012 Dodge Charger
The tie rods, ball joints, and control arm bushings should be evaluated for looseness. There are all different kinds of rotors in terms of quality. If the rotors are not dealer OEM or the equivalent, such as AC/Delco, honestly even...
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Brakes
If you check the brake master cylinder reservoir to see if it is low on fluid. If the fluid level is good and pedal is going to the floor still then you most likely have a bad master cylinder leaking...
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Shift from 'drive' to 'L' while the car is in motion
Hey there. In general, "yes", you can do this. Most automatic transmissions allow this, within limits of acceptable engine speed. But this will accelerate transmission internal clutch wear, with shock loads on the axles, CV joints, engine, and differential. Modern...
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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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Squealing noise coming from the rear right side
Hey there. You could simply need a brake pad replacement, or there may be some hardware in the brake that is not sitting exactly where is should and makes a noise as soon as the disk starts to turn. Disk...
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My car is vibrating and shaking; is this related to the brakes and rotors?
What you're describing may be a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure that forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads...
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My 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Buer 5.4L is stalling and engine dies when I go to brake. Before when I would brake the engine rpm would go up.
Hi there. What is happening is there is a vacuum leak that is present during the braking time. The brake booster either has a vacuum valve leaking or a diaphragm leaking. When stepping on the brakes, the vacuum drops causing...
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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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Why is my car driving fine at first and then I hear a ticking sound whenever I press the gas? I also have hard brakes and steering.
Hi there. Typically when the Check Engine Light comes on, it indicates that the on board computer has detected an error code from either a sensor or a mechanical part on the vehicle. The ticking issue might be caused by...
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Engine roar while braking/ stuttering while accelerating
Hi there. If the engine noise is happening only when the car is in forward gear, the issue might be caused by a damaged CV joint or the wheel bearings. However, if you're experiencing this sound while braking, it could...
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When pulling off, it feels like the rear end is dragging
If a wheel bearing in the hub was defective enough to cause drag, you would hear a tremendous amount of noise from the failed bearing. Wheels might also drag due to misalignment or failure of the brakes to retract. Misalignment...
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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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My right front wheel is not breaking
Hi there. It sounds like you have a collapsed hose. This will prevent fluid from getting to or from the caliper and can create real problems. Loosen the line at the caliper and see if brake fluid comes out when...

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