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  • madison
    madison - 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Brakes - 11/26/2012
    Instructions on how to change a brake line would be very nice. Please add
    Busted brake line
     
    • Jimm
      11/26/2012 Jimm
      Until someone volunteers this on the 'How-To-Guides' on the AutoMD website, you may access the instructions to replace brake lines on this website; www.autozone.com
      Jimm
      11/27/2012 Jason
      Assuming this is a brake hose and not the tubing, does AutoZone provide specific or generic instructions? The guide on AutoMD is generic.
    • Bill
      11/26/2012 Bill
      Brake line connections are very important to get right for your safety. There is tubing you can purchase and a ferreling (flaring tool) tool that can be rented or purchased. This can be over the head of many weekend mechanics.
  • lorisayers
    lorisayers - 1999 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 11/6/2012
    What do i have to do to fix the trac off light i understand it has to do with a sensor in the front left wheel
    has 180,000 miles and they fixed this in 2009 at the lot that i bought it from i need to do the work myself this time
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/6/2012 HouseCallAuto
      You cannot guess at it. you need to know the fault code that is stored in the abs module. The usual cause can be a bad front wheel speed sensor but hey, there is a left and a right. You cannot possible know which one is your cause. You have a 50/50 chance. If the left one was replaced in '09 then it would be more likely that the right one would be the cause this time, buy hay, ya never know. My advice, have someone with a code reader that is able to read gm abs codes read the codes for ya. or buy your own abs code reader and read them yourself.
  • brokecollegegirl
    brokecollegegirl - 2003 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 10/12/2012
    Why does my Brake dash light come on while I'm driving?
    In June the Brake dash light (the same one that comes on when the emergency brake is pulled) started coming on when I would make left turns. It didn't do it all the time, usually just around big turns and it would often go off on it's own a few seconds later or if I ...
     
    • CVO
      10/12/2012 CVO
      See this picture Master Cylinder (Brake System)
      For your 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 2.2L MFI DOHC 4cyl

      http://www.autozone.com/.../N-jkfn9Z8kn47

      Check the brake fluid level, it could be low and it triggered the brake fluid level sensor or the sensor failed to function.
  • Shahna
    Shahna - 1980 Oldsmobile Delta 88 - Brakes - 9/28/2012
    My 1975 olds delta 88 Royale - emergency brake doesn't work ? need new assembly, can't find one, can I replace ?
    Is there another brake assembly I can use. Too scared to drive w/o emergency brake. Some thing is not connected/can't figure out what/push on pedal but car doesn't stop/have to pull up pedal and release lever to bring pedal back up/help!
     
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  • gonze62
    gonze62 - 2001 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 9/3/2012
    Every time i start to accelerate and when i am braking and comming to a stop there is a loud grinding noise.
    When im driving tgere is no noise.
     
  • Bill
     
    • CVO
      8/25/2012 CVO
      Bleeding the anti-lock brake system is really not much different than a standard braking system although we should still use caution. You're going to want to make sure that the key is off and it's probably a good idea to remove the ABS relay as well as the fuse.

      See this video clip............ http://www.ehow.com/.../...d-abs-system.html
    • josh
      8/25/2012 josh
      The easiest way to bleed the ABS unit is with a Tech2. I'm not sure if there are other ways to do it, I've never needed to bother because I have the proper tooling to do it the way GM specifies it should be done. ABS bleeding should be done first, as it pushes air from the BPMV into the steel lines, then conventional bleeding after that.
  • dylann
    dylann - 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera - Brakes - 8/25/2012
    I put a new brake line on it and now breaks ain't workin. Am I suppose to bleed breaks?
    Peddle has no pressure. They worked fine b4 I put new break line in
     
    • Jimm
      8/25/2012 Jimm
      Yes, anytime the brake system is opened - the residual air must bled out of the brake lines and components first before driving. Air is compressible and fluid is not.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to properly bleed the brake system.
      Jimm
      8/25/2012 dylann
      Ok. But I was. Messin with it tryin to pump the breaks a lot . Would that wreck nething?
      Jimm
      8/25/2012 Bill
      Do as Jimm suggests. It should not hurt too much, just bleed that caliper you hooked new brake line to with someone gently pressing brake pedal as you open bleeder valve, don't let master cylinder reservoir run out of fluid while doing this.
      Jimm
      8/25/2012 dylann
      Ok thanks!!!
      Jimm
      8/27/2012 dylann
      Ok so I broke the front bleater off. Idk wht to do now. I couldn't get the front 1s out . I got the back 2 out and bled them. But how can I get the broken bleater out???
  • alero2003
    alero2003 - 2003 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 7/31/2012
    New rotors and new brake pads and one new caliber when I brake at high speeds my steering wheel shakes
    Steering wheel didn't shake till I got the new pads and rotors should I take it back to the shop
     
    • steelgunner
      7/31/2012 steelgunner
      possible the only way to shake is if ur rotors is warped or when u placed it properly a good technique is when u place ur new rotor ,place ur lug nut in place to held ur rotor in so it is secure and is stable while u place back the caliper but since u drove it already its best to get a new one because eventually ur rotors are now warped and in the naked eye urs wobbled and warped get a new one and start over this time use at least 2 lugs nut just use ur fingers to tighten it up to hold the rotr in place thats all
      steelgunner
      8/4/2012 alero2003
      Was installed by professional two different sets of rotors installed don't know if he installed HS wrong or what decided to go back to shop that replaced them
      steelgunner
      8/4/2012 alero2003
      Could be they installed low quality rotors?
      steelgunner
      8/5/2012 steelgunner
      have them redo your brakes metallic brakes is good last longer 4-5 years range but gives off asbestos concentrate not good for healthwise ,semi metalic is better range 3-4 years at least asbestos is less ,ceramic pads no asbestos very quiet but breaks off due to high temperature range 2- 3years .plus have them install any shims or anti rattle clips with some anti seize grease lubricant that comes with the brakes very helpful they are dampeners keep the vibrations or noise minimal.
      steelgunner
      8/5/2012 steelgunner
      yes also due to low quality rotors they too are warped 2 things they will do either they will get a new one including new pads or machine the rotors that is warped and used the recently pads(this is wrong placing back your most recent brake pads are contoured with the bad rotor therefore have them get new pads for the machined rotors) otherwise the noise is back. this should do the trick hopefully this helps and give you an idea drive safe
  • tracy
    tracy - 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Brakes - 6/18/2012
    Brake vacuum booster backchek valve plastic fitting broke
    backcheck plastic fitting going into booster broke off and fell into booster will it cause any problems to leave it in booster can't get out
     
    • Jimm
      6/18/2012 Jimm
      The piece may lodge inside the booster to cause problems - better to remove the booster housing and remove the plastic piece.
  • tracy
    tracy - 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Brakes - 6/18/2012
    Power brake vaccuum booster plastic insert on backcheck valve broke and fell into booster
    will it cause any problem to leave it in vacuum canister no way to remove
     
  • unhappyoldsman
    unhappyoldsman - 1999 Oldsmobile Aurora - Brakes - 5/9/2012
    Why do I hear a grinding noise from my front driver's wheel?
    I serviced the front disc brakes at 30,000 miles and the rear disc brakes at 60,000 miles. The car now has 68,900 miles. Can the grinding noise be anything other than caliper pads and rotor? Why did I not notice any warning signs?
     
    • jdl
      5/9/2012 jdl
      Maybe halfshaft or wheel bearing? I wouldn't drive it till you find the problem.
  • Kirky14
    Kirky14 - 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue - Brakes - 4/29/2012
    How do you change a wheel bearing?
    All my lights in the dashboard are on and that causes my cruise control not to work
     
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  • stacy
    stacy - 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada - Brakes - 4/9/2012
    Changed master cylinder 4 times still have same problem. master cylinder wont push brake fluid out to back brakes.
    have good front brakes. warning light for brakes is on. could it be power booster brake unit.
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      4/9/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Well, i doubt its your proportioning valve so im inclined to believe its either one of the following with huge emphasis on the booster.

      1. Kinked brake lines
      2. Brake booster failure
      3. Frozen calipers
  • Julie
    Julie - 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - Brakes - 3/27/2012
    My trunk brake light works not the on the rear just not the brake lights all other lights work on the rear
    not a fuse or bulb or switch
     
    • jdl
      3/27/2012 jdl
      If your saying the brake lites don't work, did you check for voltage? Use a voltage tester/testlite. Usually some of the brake lites are wired through the turn switch. The way your post was worded, not sure I understood?
      jdl
      7/27/2012 raybell
      So it is possible that the left and right brake light as well as blinkers can go out due to a bad turn single switch? Can you email your response please raybell8525@gmail.com
      jdl
      8/1/2012 jdl
      Unless you can use a testlite or voltmeter to do some testing, hard to tell much. Does the highmount brake lite work?