Brake Problem

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I was driving home and the lady in front of me got a flat tire and started to stop. I had to brake because I was only 20 feet away and I slammed down on the brakes as hard as possible and my car ended up being about an inch away from her. My brakes squealed really loud and the car kind of shook. I was driving on the highway and when I got to the offramp, my brakes weren't working. I gave as much pressure as I could and I felt the right brake going down, but no pressure from the left brake. Every time I brake, I have to go down all the way and the car begins to slide one way. Also, my brake light is constantly on now. The car slouches to the left a bit down.

Is this a problem of the disc brake? What needs to be fixed?
 
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take it to a mechanic & they'll probably look into the caliper. Since you're still stopping on the others, it sounds like somethings up with that wheel's pads or caliper.

If you want, pull the wheel off and post what you see.
 

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your brakes. get 'em looked at asap. mine stayed clamped down for about 2 miles after hitting the brakes just a little bit.
 

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I felt the right brake going down, but no pressure from the left brake. Every time I brake,

This dudes got two brake pedals in his car?



brake shoes silly russian nuerosurgeon. but you better make sure the vents clear in your attic first.



sounds like you waited to long and may have broke a rotor. have you been hearing a high pitched screech when you brake latly? that is the warning signal that you need new brake shoes... its a raised piece of metal that hits and screeches to inform the informed ( wich you aint) that its braky brake time.
 

fkornre

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the first part of your story sounds like your brake pads and rotors need to be replaced...the second part of the story sounds like there is a leak and air is in the system...prob need some lines replaced...
 
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This dudes got two brake pedals in his car?



brake shoes silly russian nuerosurgeon. but you better make sure the vents clear in your attic first.
You know what I meant.
 
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just cut the little tubes leading to the wheel.

:icon_mrgr
 

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Sounds like you may have gotten a leak in one of the calipers. The seals go bad and
you lose fluid. Cars have a split system so you're stopping on just 1/2 of it.
Get it looked at asap. It will only get worse.
The severe shaking sounds like bad rotors. If they are thick enough they can be remachined
to a flat surface. If not they need to be replaced.
 

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Nah... it's probably nothing. Just ignore the problem. It'll straighten itself out.

It's not like the brakes are important or anything.
 

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Nah... it's probably nothing. Just ignore the problem. It'll straighten itself out.

It's not like the brakes are important or anything.
i second that, i think you should just ignore it and coast to a stop every ware you go.
 

MrAbovePar

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Yea...brake systems are divided up into 2 parts so failure across the entire system is near impossible. I second the idea that you have air seeping into the lines. Check the resevoir and see if its low. Then check to see if the brake calipers areleaking and the pads are still in place.
 

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Had something similar happen - broke a brake pad and shot the cylinder out of the caliper - had to have the rotor, caliper and pad replaced.
 
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if a brake system is split into two 'sides', and one fails, wouldn't the car spin in a circle?

front/back right?
 

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if a brake system is split into two 'sides', and one fails, wouldn't the car spin in a circle?

front/back right?
Used to be. Most cars now have an "X" system. R/F to L/R and vice versa.

Had something similar happen - broke a brake pad and shot the cylinder out of the caliper - had to have the rotor, caliper and pad replaced.
Very good chance that is the problem. His description fits it.
 
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shows ya how often i work on brakes. My left front is starting to grind... hope I don;t have to have the rotor cut.
 

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Sounds to me like you blew a line....or maybe a lazy caliper. Pedal going all the way to the floor?
 
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I put some brake fluid into it because it was empty. As soon as I put it in, I put pressure on the brake and it started to stiffen. I tried to drive and brake and was still having the problem. I checked the brake fluid container and it was half empty. It's a leak. However, I don't think that's all. When I shift from Park to Drive, the car shakes and rises. I know a line is busted and maybe the caliper needs to be replaced.

This makes me unhappy.
 

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In Russia, Brakes step on you!
 
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Just went into a shop, the brake line is broken right next to the gas tank.
 

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Just went into a shop, the brake line is broken right next to the gas tank.
I suspect foul play. I bet it was your girlfriend.
 

MrAbovePar

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The way I always understood it, if your reservoir is near empty, fill it up and take it to a shop right away as there is no reason for a reservoir to get low without something being wrong. Generally it's a pretty tight system as air and humidity greatly diminish a car's braking ability.