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Solving Brake Problems

Solving Brake Problems

Finding Brake Fluid Leaks

This might not be as easy as it sounds. Some brake fluid leaks can be downright hard to find. Start with a good inspection of all the brake lines and fittings. If you don’t see any leaks there, remove the …

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Solving Brake Problems

Hydroboost Systems

Some vehicles don’t use a vacuum assist for the brakes. This might be due to space considerations or because the engine being used does not produce a lot of vacuum, such as with a diesel engine. These systems often use …

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Solving Brake Problems

Bleeding the Brake System

There are a lot of differing opinions on how to go about bleeding your brake system. No matter what, your brake system needs to be free of air in order to operate properly. If you’ve replaced a master cylinder, you …

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Solving Brake Problems

Changing Brake Fluid

You should periodically change the brake fluid in your vehicle; about every 30,000 miles is a good round number. The reason for this is because over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture and becomes acidic. This acid eats away at the …

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Solving Brake Problems

Flaring Brake Lines

At some point you might need to replace a brake line. Your local auto parts store might carry different lengths of brake line that already have fittings and flares. I suggest you go this route if you find you need …

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Broken Brake Hose

Solving Brake Problems

Brake Hose Problems

Every once in a while, you run into a brake hose that gives you trouble. Sometimes they’re easy to spot. Sometimes you can see where the outer layer of a brake hose comes apart.

 

When you see this, replace …

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Solving Brake Problems

ABS/TCS

I’m not going to get into these systems too deep here, but I will try to address some of the common questions I get about ABS/TCS. ABS stands for Antilock Brake System. TCS stands for Traction Control System. I list …

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