Tag: brakes

128 Posts

does brake fluid need to be flushed
Nov 01, 2012

Is Steve Paranoid or Is His Mechanic Shy a Boat Payment?

Dear Car Talk

Steve is sure he smells a rat after his mechanic recommended that he flush out his brake lines and replace the brake fluid. Can Tom and Ray talk him down from his ledge of paranoia?

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when do i need to replace the brake rotors
Jul 06, 2012

Today: When to Replace Brake Rotors

Dear Car Talk

Ed's wondering about brake jobs--how do you know whether to replace the rotors, pads or both? Tom and Ray cover all the bases in their reply, starting with the history of brake pad materials, what's used most often in modern cars, and even make a prediction about the future of used brake rotors. 

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is it better to use the brakes as gently as possible
Apr 12, 2012

Is Gentle Braking Better?

Dear Car Talk

Mary always brakes gradually because she thinks this saves wear and tear on the car. Her daughter wonders why she bothers. Who's right?


Nissan Maxima brakes don't work in the cold
Feb 23, 2012

What Happened to Sharon's Brakes?

Dear Car Talk

Sharon's power brakes stop working when it's cold. What gives?


Does slamming on brakes damage tires
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Mary saved the geese, but was it at the expense of her brakes?

Dear Car Talk

I was driving on a rural road and rounded a bend where there was a family of geese crossing Mama Papa and five goslings I successfully slammed on my brakes and they crossed the road safely The thing is I...


Can duct tape fix brake lines
Oct 01, 2011

Can Sarah get away with spending less on her brakes?

Dear Car Talk

So my Kia Rio has a brake-fluid leak A reeeeally bad brake-fluid leak So bad that the floor of my back seat is fully littered with empty brake-fluid bottles Now I am pretty low on money Quite broke indeed And...

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Can I use synthetic motor oil
Sep 01, 2011

Will Lisa's big mistake lead to a crash?

Dear Car Talk

I'm an idiot I just poured synthetic motor oil into my master cylinder Am I destined to crash -- Lisa RAY Well not unless you drive the car Lisa If you leave it parked you should be fine TOM It's...

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Is using both feet while driving bad for the car
Jan 01, 2011

Today: is two-footed driving bad for your car?

Dear Car Talk

My husband, a dear, loving Englishman, drives with one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas. At a red light, the poor car is trying desperately to move forward, as told by the right foot, but is...

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What are organic brake pads
Dec 01, 2010

Will "organic" brake pads really quiet Travis' squealing?

Dear Car Talk

What are organic brake pads? A chain shop recommended them, because my current metallic pads have been de-squeaked twice but are still squeaking badly. I said I wanted ceramic pads, but they said to go with "organic" pads. What are...


why are my brakes making a rubbing sound
Oct 01, 2010

Did Denise's son-in-law just botch her brake job?

Dear Car Talk

My son-in-law, whom I love like a son, just replaced the brakes on my '07 Camry. It was fine for a day or so, and then I started to hear this "rubbing" noise. It is only when I start moving...

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