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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Parking Brake Drum
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Tips on Braking for New Drivers
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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?
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Jeeps stalls at traffic lights - 1979 Jeep CJ5
From the description it almost sounds like an air/fuel mixture issue. Possibly caused by unmetered air being sucked in at closed throttle. The vacuum system should be checked along with the intake manifold gasket. If no leaks are obvious, a...
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When I press the brake I hear a click on the passenger front.
You may be hearing the brake pad moving in the caliper bracket due to a small amount of rotor warpage and grooves. This may be okay if it is very minor, but I do not take chances with brakes since...
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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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ABS Light, car shakes while braking
Usually when the ABS light is on the dashboard it's caused by a faulty wheel speed sensor, ABS module, or low brake fluid levels. The fact that the car shakes when you apply the brakes at 60 mph is concerning...
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Car stalls during braking and deceleration
It is possible that the noise and "no power" symptom you experience is the exhaust pressure in the turbocharger of your engine being released. In some cases, an excessively rich mixture of fumes in the exhaust is ignited causing a...
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Front steering/suspension shaking while braking
Hello. It is possible that you could have a control arm bushing that has failed. When a control arm bushing fails and the brakes are applied, the vehicle will display these exact same symptoms that you described. I would recommend...
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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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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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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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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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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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