Tag: brakes

131 Posts

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

Dad vs. Driver's Ed: Brakes Question

Dear Car Talk

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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May 21, 2013

When to Replace Your Brakes? Our Top Ten

Staff Blog

How do you know when it's time to replace your brakes? When you get tired of repacking your drag chute after each stoplight! More unconventional metrics for brake replacement this way.


will i harm the emergency brake by using it every day
Apr 16, 2013

An Emergency Brake By Any Other Name . . .

Dear Car Talk

Today: Tom and Ray try to enlighten Todd, an emergency brake over-user, about the error of his ways. Find out why it's not a great idea to use this brake for regular stopping, and why it's really called the "parking brake", right here.

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does brake fluid need to be flushed
Nov 01, 2012

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

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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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