Brakes

When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 22 09:30:00 GMT-06:00 2017


CARS.COM — Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with the life of brake pads (or linings), the friction material that gets pressed against a metal disc or drum to… Read More

When Do You Need to Replace Your Brakes?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 22 09:30:00 GMT-06:00 2017

CARS.COM — Just as your gas mileage will vary depending on where and how you drive, so it goes with the life of brake pads (or linings), the friction material that gets pressed against a metal disc or drum to… Read More

How Often Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

By Rick Popely on Sat Oct 01 15:45:09 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — The recommended intervals for changing brake fluid are all over the board depending on the manufacturer, from as often as every two years to never. Really. For example, Chevrolet says to change the brake fluid on most models… Read More

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on Wed Aug 17 05:00:21 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive repairs or health hazards and shouldn't… Read More

Why Are My Brakes Squealing?

By Rick Popely on Wed Jun 15 05:00:00 GMT-06:00 2016

If you're lucky, the squealing (or squeaking) noise that your brakes make when you first drive your car in the morning, particularly after rain or snow, is just surface rust being scraped off the rotors by the pads the first… Read More

If I Seldom Drive, What's the Minimum I Should Drive My Car?

By Rick Popely on Mon May 16 05:00:55 GMT-06:00 2016

We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit for weeks. We've heard many… Read More

Why Does the Pedal Vibrate When I Hit the Brakes?

By Rick Popely on Thu May 12 05:00:38 GMT-06:00 2016

When it comes to brakes, there are no good vibrations. The most likely reason that you feel vibrations through the brake pedal is because a rotor — the rotating disc that the brake pads are pressed against — is unevenly… Read More

How Do I Check the Pad Life on My Disc Brakes?

By Rick Popely on Wed May 04 05:00:39 GMT-06:00 2016

When you apply the brakes to stop the vehicle, the brake pads are the friction material that gets pressed against the discs that spin along with the wheels. Eventually they wear down and need to be replaced. How many years… Read More

Brake Pads: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on Sat Apr 30 12:11:30 GMT-06:00 2016

Subject to tremendous friction and heat, brake pads wear down and must be replaced as part of a car's regular maintenance. In disc-brake systems, the brake pads are the friction material the caliper squeezes against the rotating disc, or rotor,… Read More

ABS System: What You Need to Know

By Rick Popely on Sat Apr 30 11:17:05 GMT-06:00 2016

The antilock braking system control module is a microprocessor that runs diagnostic checks of a vehicle's ABS. It processes information from wheel-speed sensors and the hydraulic brake system to determine when to release braking pressure at a wheel that's about… Read More

Automakers, Safety Officials Make Crash Avoidance Systems Standard by 2022

By Fred Meier and Kelsey Mays on Thu Mar 17 09:57:35 GMT-06:00 2016

CARS.COM — It may still be a while before you can buy a car that drives itself, but a deal announced today by automakers, safety regulators and safety advocates will speed up the availability of cars that stop themselves. A… Read More