Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brakes easily lock up on snow

asked by on

I have to slowly ease into the brakes. If I don't, they start making a clunk noise and the wheel goes a little back and forth; plus the brake pedal vibrates. I've had the brakes checked - no problems. What do you think is causing the problem?

A: There are two possible causes that come to ...

There are two possible causes that come to mind:

  1. The brakes have excessive runout and are warped
  2. A wheel bearing is failing

If the wheel bearing has failed, it can cause some serious problems if not dealt with. A qualified technician, like the ones at YourMechanic, should have little trouble diagnosing the source of the clunking noise you are hearing.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Can I put a 2007 dodge caravan engine in a 2001 Dodge Caravan

There were 4 different engines used in the 2007 Caravan. Looking at an example, namely the 3.3L (VIN "R") that was used in model year 2007, the head and block casting numbers of that engine do not match the engine...

Q: Slight delay when stepping on accelerator pedal

Hello. This delay is common in what is known as drive by wire engines. This means that the throttle is controlled by sensors and an electric motor. Most of the time when there is a delay that is this serious,...

Q: I changed my antifreeze yesterday, while sitting at an idle in my 1995 Nissan Altima, i have heat. But driving down the road I hav

Hi there. From the description you have provided and assuming this was not a problem, prior to changing the antifreeze leads me to believe, there is air trapped inside the heater core. Sometimes, the air will purge on its own,...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...