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Why did my brakes stop working?

I have an automatic Ford Focus ZX3 from 2003. Yesterday, a friend who really knows cars taught me how to change the oil. We also rotated the tires and filled them to spec (34 psi as indicated on the door). When I left, two strange things happened: my right back tail light was out, and more importantly: my brakes were not responsive. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Sep 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Replaced spark plugs in 07 Dodge Grand Caravan and now brakes don't work

I was sort of proud of myself for replacing the spark plugs and wires in my 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan... until I drove it down the street and discovered the the brake pedal is rock hard and it's very hard to stop the think unless I virtually stand on the brake pedal. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Sep 5, 2015 - 7 answers

What can I do about soft brakes on my car?

I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that the brakes are just too soft for my tastes. It seems it is part of Lexus' "feel" to keep the ride smooth but I really dislike that I have to press so far and so early to get a good stop. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

2010 Ford Fusion Brake Question

The rear brakes on my 2010 Ford Fusion, which is still under warranty, have worn out in what seems to me like a premature and unusual way. I have included the details inside and would like your opinion on whether this is an issue I should press with the dealership and/or Ford, or whether I should just fix the brakes and move on. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jan 23, 2013 - 12 answers

Where should I get my car's brakes checked?

I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

I am about to destroy this car.

I could use some help figuring out why my brake system's messed up. I asked before in this thread and they gave me some ideas, which I followed up on. But... [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

What's wrong with my car's brakes?

My brake pedal sinks when I turn on my car. And my brake lights flicker. What could be the problem? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Car brakes broken?

Car Experts ahoy! 2009 Sonata with grinding rear brakes. Dealership says its normal wear and not covered under warranty... I'm skeptical.... [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Something's up with my car's brake system but I don't know what.

Can someone help me figure out why my car is acting up? It's starting to drive me insane. It's some issue with the brake fluid system, I think, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Feb 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Stopping is a state of mind

Carfilter: I have a 2003 Ford Explorer (2WD, 2-wheel ABS) with 98k miles whose brake pedal requires more travel and pressure to get the vehicle to stop. I've checked the fluid--as has the repair shop every time it gets its oil change--as well as the pads and booster pump compression. My gut says to change the master cylinder. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Lead Foot Equall/Not Equall Need Brake Job

Theoretical brake wear: Do brake pads wear out faster, slower, or at the same rate if you brake later and harder than normal? [more inside]
posted by Liver on Oct 15, 2009 - 17 answers

Help with my brake dance

Give me a brake!...I'd like to have a clue about brake rotors. I'm getting my brakes repaired today, and don't want to replace brake rotors if I don't need to. Thing is... I don't know squat about brake rotors so could be easily taken for a ride on the rotormobile. How can I ask the right questions to make sure I really need rotors if the mechanic recommends they be replaced?
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 15, 2009 - 10 answers

My brakes make a weird noise. What's the deal?

[Autofilter] My brakes make a grinding sound when I first start driving. After I use the brakes several times, usually after 5-10 minutes of driving (sometimes more), they're back to normal. In addition to the grinding sound, it's much harder to push down on the brake- this also disappears after using my brakes enough. What's up? [more inside]
posted by spaltavian on Aug 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Coincidental mechanical failure?

MeChanics, a moment, please! Could wheel bearing failure be caused by improperly replacing brakes/rotors on my car? [more inside]
posted by Jinkeez on Jul 15, 2009 - 9 answers

New car buying - safety question

New car buying filter: We are in the market for a new car and have seen the model we want on a dealers lot, but it lacks one option that I feel is a must - ABS [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay on Oct 5, 2007 - 14 answers

car trouble deja vu

My car has developed pulsing brakes and a low-speed wobble, for the second time in under 2 years. Help me get it fixed right this time, please? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Nov 28, 2006 - 17 answers

Brake woes.

I'm having an extremely weird brake problem with my '94 Grand Am. [more inside]
posted by booticon on Sep 26, 2006 - 11 answers

Driving with only 3 brakes connected?

CarFilter: With regard to brakes... 3 out of 4 ain't bad? [more inside]
posted by knave on Sep 23, 2006 - 11 answers

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