Tag: brakes

126 Posts

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?

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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?

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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...

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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...

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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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pumping and humming after replacing brakes
Sep 01, 2010

Can Tom and Ray help Peter finish his brake job?

Dear Car Talk

In my infinite wisdom, I woke up early one Saturday morning and decided I would do something productive with my weekend. Even though I've never attempted any sort of car repair in my life, I decided to change the front...

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what to do if your brakes stop working
Sep 01, 2010

What's the right way to stop safely, if your brakes fail?

Dear Car Talk

I just saw a few minutes of "Worst Case Scenario: Brakes Fail" on TV, and it seemed like they were suggesting the opposite of what I've always been told. Basically, the host was saying if you're going under 20 mph, then...

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