Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brakes not working

asked by on

I recently had the parking brakes replaced and they are not working again. The brakes do not work as well.

A: Hi there. I believe your vehicle has drum b...

Hi there. I believe your vehicle has drum brakes in rear. Pulling the parking brake lever forces these shoes against the drum. If the rear brakes were not adjusted correctly after installation, the parking brake will not hold. Incorrect adjustment or installation of the brake shoes may also result in poor braking performance. However, if you mean your brakes don’t work at all, then you have a problem somewhere in the brake hydraulic system. Brakes are a safety issue, so I suggest you have your vehicle’s brake system inspected as soon as possible.

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: Brake light illuminated on the dash

Hello. The brake fluid level switch is probably getting stuck in the master cylinder causing the light to stay on. There could also be a leak in the brake system which would cause the light to stay on. What is...

Q: Car won't change gears.

We would have to know if the vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission, and the exact nature of the problem. For both transmissions, there is a wide variety of reasons as to why a vehicle would not want to...

Q: Possible blown head gasket?

I believe you are on the right track. Anything mixing with coolant or oil is a definite blown head gasket. However, you may even have a cracked head due to the fact that you are running out of coolant. Check...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...