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Brakes

Learn how to check and fix the brakes on your car or truck, and find out more about brake pads, brake fluid and more.

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    How to Replace a Broken Brake Light

    Got a brake light that's not working? In less time than it takes to drive to the auto repair shop, you can fix that light yourself.

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    Why Are My Car Brakes Making Noise?

    Unusual noise coming from your brakes is a warning that one of your car's most critical safety systems is malfunctioning....


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    Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

    Brake squeal is a common problem often caused by worn brake hardware, pads, or rotor finish. But are squeaky brakes...


    Top Bad Brake Booster Symptoms

    Knowing the most common bad brake booster symptoms gives you early warning that the safety of your vehicle is at...


    How to Change Rear Brake Pads

    Maintaining disc brakes is a perfect opportunity for DIYers to get their hands dirty and save a few hundred dollars.

    What Is a Brake Caliper (And How To Tell if Mine is Bad)?

    If your car is equipped with disc brakes, brake calipers are critical to slowing and stopping your car. Here's what...


    Best Tools for Flaring Brake Lines

    The proper tools make the difference when flaring brake lines. Make sure you have the right ones on hand to...

    The Source of Most Disc Brake Problems

    Become familiar with problems that arise in disc brakes, how they affect your ability to safely operate your vehicle, and...


    How Often Should You Change Your Brake Pads?

    Determining how often you should change your brake pads is not rocket science. Your ears will provide the answer if...


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    Brake Caliper Paint Pointers

    Brake caliper paint does not affect performance, but it does affect the appearance of a vehicle with expensive rims. What...


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    What Is a Brake Light Switch and When Should You Replace It?

    The brake light switch on your vehicle serves an important safety function. Learn how to test it and determine when...

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    Causes and DIY Fixes for Smoking Brakes

    What does it mean when your brakes are smoking? Learn the causes and DIY fixes for smoking brakes along with...


    DIY Brake Tips

    Use new high-temperature grease to improve long-term brake performance and wear


    How to Check Brakes

    Diagnose brake problems yourself


    How to Replace Your Own Struts

    Replace struts yourself and save $300


    Changing Brake Fluid

    Test your brake fluid and replace it if it's worn out

    Brake Pad Replacement Cost and Repair – Avoid Getting Ripped Off

    How to get a good brake job and save $1,000 over the life of your car. Here are tips for...


    How to Change Brake Pads

    How to change brake pads is simpler than replacing rear disc brakes. If you have experience with basic repair brake...


    How to Check Brake Fluid

    Make sure the corrosion inhibitor in your brake fluid hasn't worn out