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  • david
    david - 2000 Plymouth Voyager - Brakes - 3/30/2014
    Brake problems (wearing out quickly)
    Can a normal vaccum operated brake booster stick causing the front brakes to wear out quickly, If it can how would you check for this? thanks
     
    • Jimm
      3/30/2014 Jimm
      No, the vacuum booster is not likely to stick - the power brake booster are more prone to internal leakage over years of operation. The diaphragm inside the booster housing will usually develop a leak.

      The premature front brake wear may be attributed to the following possibilites; dirty / contaminated brake fluid (change out the brake fluid in the system on recommended interval), front brake caliper dragging or seizing (change both front brake calipers), collapsed / faulty front brake flexible hoses (replace with new hoses), faulty / worn front brake rotor friction surface (too rough).

      How many miles are on the current front brake pads? How many miles / how long since the last replacement?

      Typically, the front brake pads and rotors can be replaced once the premature wear condition is corrected - be sure to use the highest quality brake components for the replacement parts.

      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 for heavy or severe duty from around $22.70 per axle set, and the front brake rotor (alos severe or heavy duty service) from around $17.90 each for your vehicle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 HouseCallAuto
      . Check to see if the rear brakes are not working. Mark the shoes with a permanent marker in several spots, then drive the vehicle. If the marks are gone and even, the brakes are working. If the marks are not being worn away, then it is likely that the rear brakes are not working. Check the height sensing proportioning valve located on the driver side frame rail in front of the axle. It is supposed to vary the brake pressure to the rear wheels, based on load in the vehicle. Replace and adjust as needed.

      HouseCallAuto
      3/30/2014 david
      thanks i will try this
  • david
    david - 2000 Plymouth Voyager - Brakes - 2/13/2014
    Problem with brakesn wearing out quickly
    My pads on the front left wheel wear out in 2000 miles or less and the right wears out faster than they should. I have replaced the left front caliper ,and the master cylinder but its still the same.Can my ABS system be doing this or a bad ABS sensor? I dont have ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Replace both front calipers and both front brake hoses. Do not do anything less than that at the same time. No the abs is not the cause.
      HouseCallAuto
      2/11/2014 HouseCallAuto
      First make sure that the rear brakes are working and that they are adjusted properly and that the wheel cylinders are not frozen. I am not saying replace anything back there, just check it first. if its good its good.
    • fazio auto
      2/13/2014 fazio auto
      The most common mistake in brake repair is not inspecting the calipers properly. If you have to collapse the piston with a C-clamp then the calipers need to be replaced. Typically calipers should be replaced every 5 years regardless of miles.
      fazio auto
      2/13/2014 Jimm
      Exactly why should the brake caliper be replaced every five (5) years regardless of miles? If the brakes are maintained, the fluid is changed regularly - there should be no reason to periodicaly change the calipers. Can you please explain this logic or recommendation? I have three (3) vehicles - each having either ten (years) age or over 100k miles- or both - that have perfectly functioning brake calipers. One vehicle has just turned 200k miles and at 16 years has original front brake calipers.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1992 Plymouth Voyager - Brakes - 11/30/2013
    Do recalls still apply to older cars?
    I bought a 1992 Plymouth Voyager off my grandpa with only 45,000 miles on it. I had to have the transaxle rebuilt already and now the brakes are failing. I had replace everything. I looked up my car and it has a recall on the brakes. I was wondering If the recall ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/30/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Yes I see there are recalls relating to brakes, however, none of the recalls pertains to replacing brakes for free, the recalls involve specific component failures mostly relating to the ABS pump ass'y. None of the recalls will get you a brake job freebee. Personally I do not feel that you bringing in this 92 Plymouth in the hopes of getting some recall work done (that likely is not needed anyway) is going to put you ahead in any way. On the contrary I think that after they have your vehicle for a day or so you will get a call with a laundry list of things that they will say needs to be done and you will give them authorization to proceed and get a bunch of stuff you did not want or need and a huge bill. That is the real world so beware.
  • Moparbob65
    Moparbob65 - 1980 Plymouth Gran Fury - Brakes - 4/25/2013
    How inspect rear drum brake cylinders and what is acceptable after car sat in garage for 6 months?
    1965 Plymouth satellite rear drum brakes.
     
    • Jimm
      4/25/2013 Jimm
      Remove the rear wheels, then remove the rear brake drums. Then, carefully peel back the wheel cylinder seal to observe if any fluid drips out - there should be no leaks whatsoever from the wheel cylinder without any brake pressure applied. More detail can be found at the AutoMD webite and the 'How-To-Guides' feature.
      If any leaks are noted, then it's usually more cost-effective to replace the wheel cylinders with new units, rather than having the task of rebuilding your existing wheel cylinders. The rebuild kits are fairly inexpensive - but their use assumes the wheel cylinders are not corroded or pitted inside the piston bores..

      Also, for classic cars in storage - be sure to change the fluids regularly; new and fresh brake fluid every 12 months, as example - will prevent the brake system from rust and corrosion due to moisture build-up. There is also the consideration of converting the standard steel tubing brake lines to stainless steel - longer service life and no worries of corrosion. Try these sources; Summit Racing (www.summitracing.com) or In Line Tube (www.inlinetube.com) for the stainless steel brake lines formed to fit your vehicle.

      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the rear wheel cylinders from around $5.00 each for your vehicle (the actual cost depends on the engine size). By comparison, the wheel cylinder repair kit costs around $3.00 to around $6.00 each - for the rear wheel cylinders.
  • Whippet
    Whippet - 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager - Brakes - 11/24/2012
    Fluid is leaking from the inside of the left front wheel
    Must add brake fluid every so often
     
    • Jimm
      11/24/2012 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / leaking flexible brake hose, faulty brake caliper. Replace the flexible brake hoses in pairs; both left and right sides - due to similar age and condition. Be sure to also replace the copper washers at the flexible brake hose connection at the caliper.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the flexible brake hose for around $12.00 (each) for your vehicle.
  • NEboy4autos72
    NEboy4autos72 - 1987 Plymouth Caravelle - Brakes - 10/5/2012
    Loss of firm, solid braking power?Weak/soft/spongy braking after car sat for a couple months.
    The Caravelle had good solid, firm, stong brakes with a light push on the brake pedal. But now after sitting a couple months, the brakes are soft; and only sound when you push the pedal almost to the floor. When you push hard, & all the way down the brakes get firm, ...
     
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  • arthorpe
    arthorpe - 2001 Plymouth Neon - Brakes - 10/1/2012
    My right wheel isn't spinning when I'm driving & it's making this horrible screeching sound. What's wrong with it?
    Well a week ago when I was driving my car I heard this popping noise, so I pulled over to see if I'd blew a tire but I hadn't. So when I start back to driving my car the brakes lost tension and I had to push the pedal all the way to the floor to make it stop. I took ...
     
    • rick
      10/1/2012 rick
      The mechanic should have looked to see where the the fluid went . It doesn't just leave on it's own . I would say the brake on that wheel has come apart and has the wheel locked up . Would say that's where the fluid went too . Would say a brake job should fix it . Could also be a wheel bearing but I don't think so with what you said .
      rick
      10/1/2012 arthorpe
      Is this an expensive issue to fix?
  • Whippet
    Whippet - 1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager - Brakes - 9/28/2012
    Why is my brake pedal spongy? I must press it twice to get a full brake. My brakes do not apply correctly.
    I have a hard time stopping.
     
    • KB
      9/28/2012 KB
      try bleeding your brakes
  • paul
    paul - 2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager - Brakes - 9/20/2012
    How do you check the brake fuel in the reservoir.
    When a turn a little sharp the brake lights comes on then go off once I straighten.
     
    • Bill
      9/20/2012 Bill
      The fluid reservoir has marks on it to show fill level. ABS light could be a bad sensor , under inflated tires, etc.
  • Kim
    Kim - 2001 Plymouth Neon - Brakes - 7/14/2012
    Need location of brake light switch
    All bulbs working except no brale lights when pressing brake pedel Where is switch located?
     
    • Jimm
      7/14/2012 Jimm
      The brake switch is located on the brake pedal arm underneath the instrument panel.
  • Jayz
    Jayz - 1996 Plymouth Neon - Brakes - 3/24/2012
    So I have a car that inside the tire it would get super hot and even caught on fire inside the wheel once. Now I took it
    Replaced were the rotor, Brake pads, and caliber
     
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/22/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Although you did change these brake parts, do you feel any drag when you are running? Like its as if the handbrake is engaged.

      Other than that, i cant think of anything else which can cause it to catch fire because those are the only parts which are based on the principles of friction. (Aside from tires of course but theres no chance in hell they will catch fire because of friction)

      EG9 K20A3
      3/22/2012 Jayz
      Yeah there was drag and when we took the tire off they were locked could it be the hose?
    • EG9 K20A3
      3/24/2012 EG9 K20A3
      Well, it could be because if the hose gets blocked so will the performance of the brakes.
  • brooke
    brooke - 2000 Plymouth Voyager - Brakes - 2/29/2012
    How do I know why my brake light is comming on when brakes work fine? And where do I take to repair?
    I took my van to a shop 20 days ago. The man took van for a crazy ride to make sure brakes were good and put in brake fluid. Brake light has been off since then and recently came back on. I put a little fluid back in and light is off again. What should I do?
     
    • yboy82
      2/29/2012 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( http://www.automd.com/negotiator/) feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area. Some of the shops offers free check up or inspection.
  • Christopher
    Christopher - 1992 Plymouth Voyager - Brakes - 2/29/2012
    Brakes locking up on drivers side
    I have replaced the brake line and the caliper and pad on the drivers side but it still locks up I have ordered HGT Valve not sure whatelse it can be if this does not work.
     
    • yboy82
      2/29/2012 yboy82
      Check the wheel bearing. A loose or bad wheel bearing can cause your brake to lock up.
  • Denise
    Denise - 2001 Plymouth Neon - Brakes - 2/5/2012
    There is brake fluid pouring out from rear drivers side
    need to find out how to replace brake lines or if the whole master cyclinder needs to be replaced
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/5/2012 HouseCallAuto
      This is likely a rusted through line. Not enough space here or time to explain how to fix it. Try YouTube for a video on repairing a steel brake line.
    • Bill
      2/5/2012 Bill
      MASTER CYLINDER WOULD NOT BE IN REAR. THIS NEEDS ATTENTION IMEDIATELY, DO NOT DRIVE, SAFETY CONCERN
 
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