Tag: brakes

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Ford Focus has intermittent brake failure
Mar 31, 2015

The Case of the Disappearing Brakes

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Catherine's Ford Focus is experiencing intermittent brake failure but her dealership doesn't seem to believe her. Car Talk's advice? Instruct her heirs to sue the dealership... Oh, and get it fixed. Find out how, here. 

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GMC Envoy brakes stick
Mar 12, 2015

What's Causing Howard's Sticky Brakes?

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Howard's brakes are sticking. Is it because he uses his left foot? Or can Car Talk come up with another explanation?

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Will driving with the parking brake on cause brake failure
Mar 03, 2015

Did Julia Cause Brake Failure?

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Julia's brakes failed, and she had heard that driving with the parking brake on can cause the brakes to give out. Is that what happened to her? See Car Talk's answer and post your own guess, here.

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Mechanic's rating of brake pads
Jan 29, 2015

What's Causing Uneven Wear on Brake Pads?

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Robinson's brakes are wearing unevenly, and different shops are giving him conflicting reports on when he needs to get this job done. Can Car Talk explain waht's really going on? 

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Worn out brake pads on a Chrysler Town and Country
Jan 20, 2015

Today: What's the Deal With Worn Out Brakes?

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The rear brake pads on Gary's Chrysler Town and Country are worn out and Gary can't figure out why, since front brakes do most of the stopping and should wear out first. What gives? Car Talk's explanation, right here. 

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Scion XA brakes get spongy with use
Nov 20, 2014

Today: What's Causing Spongy Brakes?

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Chris is a rural mail carrier and drives his 2005 Scion XA for work. The problem? His brakes start out fine each morning and go spongy by midday. The next morning they're fine again. What's going on here?

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How regenerative braking works
Oct 21, 2014

Is Braking Etiquette Different for Hybrids and EVs?

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John has always hated those drivers who race to the stoplight and then slam on the brakes. It wastes gas and doesn't save any time. But for electric or hybrid cars with regenerative braking, is this really such a stupid maneuver? Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here.  

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Front-end suspension on Jetta wobbles
Jun 26, 2014

What's Shaking Brian's Jetta?

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Brian's 2005 VW Jetta has a wobble in the front-end suspension. He's checked pretty much everything, the CV joints and axles, the tie rods, the struts and mounts, the tires. Can Tom and Ray tell him what he forgot to look at?

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How anti-lock brakes work
Jun 05, 2014

Phil vs. Wife: Who's Right About ABS?

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Phil wants Tom and Ray to weigh in on a difference of opinion between himself and his wife. Tom says you're not supposed to pump the brakes when you have an anti-lock braking system, but his wife says she heard on MythBusters that it's safe. Find out how anti-lock braking systems work, right here. 

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Does pressing the brake and accelerator at once damage brakes
Oct 10, 2013

Dad vs. Driver's Ed: Brakes Question

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Katie just finished driver's ed and was taught that driving through puddles can impact a car's braking capability. The instructor said they could solve this by braking lightly a few times after hitting a puddle. But her dad says all this does is wear out the brakes. Find out why Tom and Ray award this round to Katie's dear old dad, right here.

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