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  • tim
    tim - 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD - Brakes - 4/15/2014
    Break noise at around 8 mph
    Right front break acts like it let's go at about 8 mph and growls, the breaks work good faster then 10 mph or below 5miles an hour
     
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  • Jack
    Jack - 1991 Chevrolet C1500 - Brakes - 4/8/2014
    Squeling rear brakes drum
    Put riveted linning on and since then squealing is so loud and embarrassing squeals in cold and hot and wet or dry, someone told me to change drums and hardware, Please help.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/8/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If it really is the rear squealing the yes, replace the drums, the shoes, the basic spring hardware kit, and both the lefty and righjt self-adjustor repair kits.
      HouseCallAuto
      4/8/2014 Jack
      Thanks for your help, I just couldn't figure why I never had the squeal till I put the riveted linning on. Its so loud its like a horn when I stop have a great day.
  • horselady
    horselady - 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 - Brakes - 4/7/2014
    Bounce in the front tire.
    I have a bounce in the front tire.
     
    • Jimm
      4/7/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - which front tire has the bounce problem? What are the actual conditions when the bounce sensation occurs? At highway speeds? Which speeds does the front tire bounce? During acceleration? During braking? During turning?

      Post a reply with these details and more - to fully describe the issue you are having for further assistance.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier - Brakes - 4/5/2014
    Squealing/squeaking/chirping coming from front drivers side wheel. Goes away completely when I step on the brake.
    Recent onset and has gotten bad quickly. Pretty much constant squeak but goes away completely if I step on brake OR bear right.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      4/5/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The brake pads need replacement. What you are hearing is referred to as an audible wear sensor which is simply a piece of metal that is positioned at the lowest level of the wearable brake pad material and when the pads become that thin from wear the piece of spring steel metal rubs on the rotor when the brakes are not applied and intentionally makes noise and typically the noise goes away when applying the brake. You need a brake job plain and simple. Front brakes.
    • Jimm
      4/5/2014 Jimm
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front brake pads from around $7.60 per axle set for your vehicle.
  • andi
    andi - 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum - Brakes - 3/26/2014
    Brake lights stay on
    my brake lights stay on all the time when I turn on the lights. The brake light in the back window works properly when depressing the peddle, but the brake lights don't
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Please clarify what you wrote here so I do not misunderstand what you have said. You say the "brake lights" stay on all the time when when you turn on the "headlights or parking lights" I guess? And then you say that the brake lights do not work when you step on the brake pedal, although the third brake light you can see does come on when you step on the brake? Is this correc t?
      HouseCallAuto
      3/28/2014 andi
      basically they stay on when I turn on the headlight and parking lights. when I press the brake peddle the still stay on only the third light works properly. I have checked the fuses, the lights and the housing, also the peddle where the wires connect. I have tore this car apart and cant figure it out.
  • andi
    andi - 1985 Chevrolet Spectrum - Brakes - 3/26/2014
    Brake lights stay on
    when I turn on the lights the brake lights stay on. when I press the brake peddle the brake light that is in the rear window turns on, anytime I press the brake peddle it does nothing to the brake lights. basically they stay on all the time.
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Brakes - 3/26/2014
    ABS Light on when you turn to the right
    Why does the ABS warning light come on when you are braking or turning to the right it also make a weird noise. Would the steering tie rods affect the ABS light and cause it to come on,I was told that they are going bad and need to be replaced soon.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      One or both of the front wheel bearings is junk. The abs wheel speed sensors are integral with the bearing ass'y.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2014 AutoMD Member
      Not possible they both were just replaced
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/26/2014 HouseCallAuto
      If the abs light is turning on then that means there is a fault code stored. In ALL cases that I have ever seen relating to the abs light and / or false abs activation the cause is always one of the front wheel bearings. The stored code means everything in diagnosis. Sometimes it is necessary to drive the vehicle with the full function abs scan tool displaying all 4 wheel speeds at the same time so you can watch which one is dropping out. The tie rods will not cause an abs light under any circumstances. Look at the front hub bearings again and the code.
  • Manny
    Manny - 2001 Chevrolet Impala - Brakes - 3/25/2014
    Why doesn't my left blinker work?
    My left blinker does not work and it is not the bulb because I have changed it. It sometimes works once I turn it on for the first time that day but after a few minutes of using the blinker it stops working and starts blinking fast again. The front light is the one ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/25/2014 HouseCallAuto
      The problem is with the front light that is not blinking. Probably have to use a 12 volt test lamp to trouble shoot the bulb socket.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1980 Chevrolet K10 - Brakes - 3/24/2014
    Brake lights won't work what should i do?
    i have a 1980 chevy scottsdale and when i press the brake pedal my lights dont come up but when i take a positive line running to my brake sensor they come on but no matter what i do i cant find a way if anyone has a solution please help getting my license in a few ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/24/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You may have a bad brake light fuse or a brake light switch (its not called a brake sensor) or a bad turn signal switch. How much work can you do yourself with instruction?
      HouseCallAuto
      3/24/2014 AutoMD Member
      my bad on the name and i can do anything on it i just haven't figured a fix for that
  • Dean
    Dean - 1996 Chevrolet Blazer - Brakes - 3/21/2014
    Vibration and noise in and around the front left tire area
    14,953 miles. I recently had the brakes, tie rods, and arms replaced about a week ago. beginning two days ago I begin to hear a loud deep rumble noise in the location of the front right tire. this only accours when I brake and turn to the left, or press my brake ...
     
    • Jimm
      3/21/2014 Jimm
      This diagnosis seems straightforward as typical of warped brake rotors - especially when the noise and sensation happens during braking.
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front brake rotors from around $19.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Dean
    Dean - 1996 Chevrolet Blazer - Brakes - 3/20/2014
    Vibration and noise when braking
    I have recently had the tie rods, arms, and brakes, replaced on my blazer. for a week it has been running smoothly and I was pleased with the service. starting two days ago I begin to hear a loud deep rumble noise coming from the front left tire area. this happens ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      This reeks of the typical everyday warped brake rotors. I just do not understand why your mechanic cannot see that right off because it is one of the most common issues that affects all kinds of vehicles.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 Dean
      thank you very much for the information. as for the mechanic, I ve had good results with him for many years, not sure what is going on this time.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/20/2014 HouseCallAuto
      It might be that he feels like if he mentions the brake rotors that he *might* feel like you will *possibly* think that he caused it.
    • Jimm
      3/20/2014 Jimm
      Agree with House Call Auto - recommend to find a different repair shop. This diagnosis seems straightforward as typical of warped brake rotors - especially when the noise and sensation happens during braking.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front brake rotors from around $19.00 each for your vehicle.
      Jimm
      3/20/2014 Dean
      thank you for the information
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Brakes - 3/7/2014
    When stopped at light etc car jumps
    Diagnostic check showed no error
     
    • Jimm
      3/7/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • Cybage QA
    Cybage QA - 2007 Chevrolet Aveo5 - Brakes - 2/27/2014
    This is test question
    this is test question
     
    • Jimm
      2/27/2014 Jimm
      This is a test answer.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD - Brakes - 2/26/2014
    What would make the truck buck or jump up and down when you are pulling a horse trailer and you are almoststoppednopanic
    We have replaced the integrated brake controller with aftermarket, replaced the magnets on the trailer brakes. No check engine, no ABS light on, 56K miles. occurs intermittently. started approx. 8 months
     
    0 answer
  • TBox
    TBox - 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Brakes - 2/25/2014
    Brakes suddenly gone
    Driving yesterday. Stopped at a friends house. Driveway was covered in ice. Almost got stuck. Had to rock truck back and forth a few times to gain traction. Once I got the truck going again, the brakes were almost totally gone. No problem whatsoever before ...
     
    • A-TAC Recker
      2/25/2014 A-TAC Recker
      It sounds like you have a stuck valve in the ABS module assembly, perform an automated bleed, most good shops can perform this procedure.
 
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