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  • njdoo
    njdoo - 2009 Nissan Versa - Brakes - 10/21/2014
    Vibration when braking, different diagnosis from two mechanics
    I have a vibration in the wheel when braking from higher speeds. I had assumed rotors, but I just got a front brake job 10k miles ago (new rotors and premium ceramic pads). The dealership said a caliper pin had seized, and that it was causing abnormal wear on ...
     
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  • Angela LaMonica
    Angela LaMonica - 2008 Nissan Rogue - Brakes - 10/8/2014
    I hear a loud clicking sound when I put my foot on the brakes in reverse.
    I just spent $775.00 @ the dealer for front and rear brake pads and rotors. Replaced the drive belt too. July 15th
     
    • Jimm
      10/8/2014 Jimm
      Where is the clicking sound coming from? The front or rear, left or right sides? There are several possibilities; loose brake calipers, loose caliper fasteners, or worn caliper hardware.

      Please post a reply with additional detail for further assistance.

      For future reference, check the various on-line auto parts vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the brake rotor and pads kit (two rotors; front or rear plus brake pads as a complete axle set) from around $71.00 for your vehicle. The serpentine drive belt is listed from around $13.00 for your vehicle.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 Nissan Maxima - Brakes - 9/18/2014
    Brake light stays on replaced switch and ruber stopper and light still stay on and I have no power to the switch connect
    only way to get the light off is to disconnect battery or remove stop light fuse.what else do I need to check?
     
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  • andrea
    andrea - 2000 Nissan Xterra - Brakes - 9/11/2014
    Why does my car make a swooshing noise when stopping and pressing on my brakes .the brake light is on i had it checked
    at that time light would come on and off now it stays on permantly
     
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  • alex
    alex - 1995 Nissan Altima - Brakes - 9/7/2014
    1995 Nissan Altima brake problems
    1995 Nissan Altima brakes pump up and get firm thenwhen I hold them on it goes to the floor when car is not running when I start the car they go to the floor and won't pump up I put vice grips on all the hoses found out it was the front driver side caliper so I ...
     
    • CVO
      9/5/2014 CVO
      Sound like the master cylinder, it has their internal leaking back to the reservoir.The primary or the second cylinder seals might give up.
      CVO
      9/5/2014 alex
      I change the master cylinder and there was no leaking behind it the only thing I haven't changed was the hose
      CVO
      9/5/2014 CVO
      Thanks for the update, the hose could been dilated or swollen under the brake pressure apply to it.

      See this site http://www.zeckhausen.com/bleeding_brakes.htm
      CVO
      9/5/2014 alex
      okay thanks I'm going to try the cheap of the 2 I'm going to put the hose on it and then try I knew master cylinder again
      CVO
      9/5/2014 CVO
      Have an assistant to check the hoses while you're applying the pressure to the brakes, just to make sure not to repair unnecessary work.
      CVO
      9/5/2014 alex
      I would pinch the line off next to the caliper then it would build up pressure when I release the channel locks they would go back to the floor again
      CVO
      9/5/2014 alex
      I'll give that a try I will let you know what the diagnosis are going to run to the part store now Thanks for your help
      CVO
      9/6/2014 alex
      I did what you said and put a new master cylinder and a brake hose still doing the same thing do you think it could be the proportioning valve
      CVO
      9/6/2014 CVO
      A Proportioning Valve is installed in the rear brake line and allows you to adjust the rate of pressure rise to the back brakes. With an adjustable proportioning valve, you can slow down the pressure rise that occurs when you apply the brakes. Under braking, most vehicles transfer more weight to the front wheels. When this happens, the rear wheels lose some weight and can lock up if the pressure is too great too quickly in the braking process.
      CVO
      9/6/2014 CVO
      Eventually full pressure is applied to the rear brakes through the proportioning valve.
      CVO
      9/6/2014 CVO
      It's the only left of the brake system.
      CVO
      9/6/2014 alex
      so should I replace the proportioning valve and what is the block on the firewall that my brake lines go into is that just a distribution box
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I want to know when this problem began exactly. Example: right after a brake part replacement or while driving or what. be specific. Also, if I understand correctly, you can achieve a good brake pedl by pinching closed one or both? front brake hoses?
      HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2014 alex
      when I was driving I had to brake hard and it fell like a pop and it went to the floor and yes when I pinch off the driver side photos the brakes will get pressure right now when the car is off it will pump up but when I start the car it will go to the floor but if I pinch off the hose it build up pressure and I replaced that hose still does it
      HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2014 alex
      its been a long day I'm going to hit the sackthis is driving me crazy I'll sleep on it and hit it again tomorrow
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/6/2014 HouseCallAuto
      You replaced the front caliper? The left side? Confirm that you did not install a right front caliper on the left side which is possible to do and after that you will never ever achieve a brake pedal. The bleeder screw has to be the highest position. If you confirm that the caliper is correct I will continue to assist you.
      HouseCallAuto
      9/7/2014 alex
      thank you for your help yyes the caliper is on the right side bleeder is on the top I've bled the brakes so many times there should be no air in the lines
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Since I'm not there to see I have to confirm a start point. Ok, I am convinced that you have bled the brakes many times to no improvement so its not basic air in the lines. Your pedal is sinking probably because one wheel is allowing excessive brake parts movement. The way to find which wheel is to (very carefully and skillfully) use vice grips to pinch closed all brake hoses at the same time. After vice grips are in place (and make sure that you only collapse the hose enough to close the hose - do not crush the rubber hose with all the vice grip can give or you will damage the hose) confirm that you now at this point have a good brake pedal whether engine is running or not. Assuming you do have a good pedal, now remove one vice grip at a time and check your pedal. Ypou will discover which wheel is cauising the loss of pedal most likely. Then investigate that wheel.
      HouseCallAuto
      9/7/2014 alex
      already put vice grips on and took them off one at a time it ended up being the left front I put a new hose on that didn't do the trick
    • HouseCallAuto
      9/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      So then you are saying that when the brake hose going to the left front caliper is pinched off that the brake pedal is normal? If that is correct then your cause is something about the left front caliper causing the piston to retract too far after removing foot from brake pedal. typically this is caused by frozen caliper slides. It all depends on whether the pedal really is "normal" with the hose pinched off. You should also be looking at the caliper piston movement with the tire removed with the hose pinched off and then not pinched off. If this is really your cause then you will see an obvious difference when the pedal is applied.
      HouseCallAuto
      9/16/2014 alex
      sorry for the delay in communication but I went on vacation when I came home I tried something a little different I pulled the vacuum hose off the power booster the brakes stayed pump up when I put the vacuum hose back on they got soft again
  • Jeremiahnw96
    Jeremiahnw96 - 2007 Nissan Altima - Brakes - 9/2/2014
    What would make my car brakes fully close too the brake disk as soon as I tap the brake?
    In my 2007 nissan altima hybrid 2.5l just barely taping the brakes fully makes the car stop. The brakes are hard, and won't go down more than an inch. But the car stops fully as soon as you tap them and jerks you forward
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2014 Nissan Altima - Brakes - 8/12/2014
    When slowing down to 20-30 mph car will jerk forward a bit
    about 5k miles. happens only when driving. happens often. check engine light is not on.
     
    • CVO
      8/12/2014 CVO
      This vehicle is still under the 3 years or 36,000 miles warranty. Call Nissan Dealer to schedule a warranty repair.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2009 Nissan Altima - Brakes - 8/3/2014
    Brake light on and off knocks when driving. Brakes need work
    I knew that my brakes and rotors needed work and my brake light goes on and off. Just today it now makes a very loud knocking sound when I'm driving it sounds like it is on the front passenger wheel. And my brakes pump when I'm stopping. Also my wheel shakes when I ...
     
    • Jimm
      8/3/2014 Jimm
      Difficult to say exactly what specific parts need replacing without a thorough inspection. How do you know the brake rotors and pads need replacing?

      Raise the front end and support on jack stands, then remove the front wheels to perform a complete inspection of the brakes and fron hub bearing assembly.

      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 hub bearing from around $65.00 each for your vehicle. Be sure to replace both sides (left and right) at the same time due to mileage / age / wear considerations. Keep in mind, these are only the parts prices - the labor to install will be additional cost. Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the Auto MD website for the specific steps to install.
  • Pathfinder
    Pathfinder - 1995 Nissan Pathfinder - Brakes - 7/24/2014
    ? Vacuum leak in break booster
    when applying brakes, the RPM's drop low and car will almost stall out (lights will come on and sometimes the car will stall out). Have been told it could be a brake booster causing vacuum problems?
     
    • jdl
      7/24/2014 jdl
      Any kind of vacuum leak can cause idle issues.
  • Pathfinder
    Pathfinder - 1995 Nissan Pathfinder - Brakes - 7/24/2014
    RPM's dropping and stalling
    When stopped or in neutral, rpm's drop very low and car will almost stall (has sometimes stalled). If I pump the brake, the rpm's will go up. Not sure what problem is. Thanks
     
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  • Pathfinder
    Pathfinder - 1995 Nissan Pathfinder - Brakes - 7/24/2014
    ? Vacuum leak in break booster
    when applying brakes, the RPM's drop low and car will almost stall out (lights will come on and sometimes the car will stall out). Have been told it could be a brake booster causing vacuum problems?
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Nissan Maxima - Brakes - 7/9/2014
    My brake lights will not go off could this be a sensor
    I had to replace the battery
     
    • jdl
      7/9/2014 jdl
      Pull up on the brake pedal arm, see if brake lites go out. You may need to adjust the brake lite switch or new brake lite switch?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Nissan Maxima - Brakes - 7/8/2014
    The brake lights will not go off
    I replaced the battery
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Nissan Pathfinder - Brakes - 5/26/2014
    Soft brake pedal after bleeding brakes
    Stopped suddenly and loss brake pedal&fluid?Loss of brake fluid in rear wheels. On rear axle I replaced wheel cylinders, shoes , drums . I bled brakes from rt rear2left rear,rt front2left front.Then rebled with negative unhooked from battery; left rear2 rt rear left ...
     
    • Chevy doctor
      5/26/2014 Chevy doctor
      Makes sure yours shoes are mechanically adjusted out as far as they can go so shoes are rubbing on drums tightly. Then bleed the same order as you did. It is important that you bleed each cylinder/caliper properly or you will suck in air each time. Have a assistant hold pedal to floor, crack open bleeder and close immediately while assistant still has it to floor. Once its closed assistant can lift pedal and pushed down again and repeat. If the assistant lifts pedal from depresses position while you have bleeder open. You will draw in air and have to start all over. If you cant get the results you may have to replace master cylinder and perform bleeding process again.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Nissan Murano - Brakes - 5/8/2014
    Sound coming from left tyre when applying breaks.
    A "geeeeeeeekkkk" sound comes when i apply breakes. This is coming from the left front tyre when i apply breakes. After I remove my foot from the break, it stops.In the beginning after i start my vehice and start driving, and apply break for first or second time, ...
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/8/2014 GT500Knights
      Sounds like just the metal sensors on the pads is contacting the rotor. This is designed into the pads to alert you that the pads will need to be replaced soon. The sound is normal and just an indicator. Take your car to a service center to inspect the brake pads. If you do go too long without servicing the pads, the lining will eventually wear away and the metal pad backing will begin to contact the metal rotor, making a loud grinding sound, along with a great decrease in braking performance.