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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Toyota Prius - Brakes - 7/30/2014
    Does Local shop find from "Find a Shop" agree with the "Estimate Cost" from AutoMD?
    My question is if Local shop will agree to pay the amount that Estimate cost indicates.
     
    • Jimm
      7/30/2014 Jimm
      The estimate cost is just that - an estimate. Any detailed discussion about a more exact repair cost would need to be performed at the local repair shop(s) in person with the vehicle in question. Short answer - it depends on the repair shop.
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    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Camry - Brakes - 7/1/2014
    Why does abs & brake lite illuinate
    when lites go on dash gauges tach &speedometer stop working and a/c blows hot air
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Camry - Brakes - 7/1/2014
    Why does abs & brake lite go on
    when lites go on dash gauges tackometer & speedometer stop working and a/c blows hot air
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1996 Toyota Camry - Brakes - 6/28/2014
    Left brake light turns off when braking
    My brake light on the dash turned on recently and I noticed the left brake light was off. I went ahead and replaced the bulb and all looked well, while in park (brake not engaged) the bulb shined and appeared to be working. I put the back panel back together and ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1996 Toyota Camry - Brakes - 6/28/2014
    Left brake light turns off when braking
    My brake light on the dash turned on recently and I noticed the left brake light was off. I went ahead and replaced the bulb and all looked well, while in park (brake not engaged) the bulb shined and appeared to be working. I put the back panel back together and ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Solara - Brakes - 6/8/2014
    I am unable to get the R.R. brake caliper to bleed. the other 3 bled. just the one that no fluid or air will come out.
    i replaced the brakes all the way around the car and was able to bleed all calipers but the right rear. i had my girlfriend to pump the brakes 5 or 6 times and hold it to the floor, but when i cracked the bleed valve very little fluid came out. so i repeated ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Solara - Brakes - 6/8/2014
    I am unable to get the R.R. brake caliper to bleed. the other 3 bled. just the one that no fluid or air will come out.
    i replaced the brakes all the way around the car and was able to bleed all calipers but the right rear. i had my girlfriend to pump the brakes 5 or 6 times and hold it to the floor, but when i cracked the bleed valve very little fluid came out. so i repeated ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1990 Toyota Corolla - Brakes - 5/15/2014
    Why don't my tail lights want to turn off when I try to turn them off.
    I do not know what is wrong with my car, I'm not sure if the problem is the tail lights or the breaks, when I connect the lights they stay on even if the car is off, and when I press on the breaks they don't go more red to show I'm breaking they sljust stay red as ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2006 Toyota Sienna - Brakes - 5/15/2014
    I have low brake pedal what is the potential problem? (see note below)
    I have new brake pads and rotors all the way around and have checked the lines for air.
     
    • GT500Knights
      5/15/2014 GT500Knights
      Your brake master cylinder may be bad. If the seals are bad, then brake fluid will bypass the seals and poor braking action will occur.

      Double check for air in the lines. You can't effectively "check" to see if there is air in the lines. You must bleed them until just straight clean fluid comes out. It's suitable to have a helper when doing this.
      1. Ensure brake fluid reservoir is topped off with fluid before and during the entire process.
      2. Have your helper sit in the driver seat , listening to you.
      3. Grab a suitable wrench, clear tubing that fits snug over the bleed screw, and a container partially filled with clean brake fluid.
      4. Starting from the rear right (farthest) wheel, position yourself under the car. Place the clear tube over the bleed screw.
      5. Have your helper lightly depress the brake pedal. They must hold the brake pedal down until you command them to release.
      6. Open the bleeder screw, allow some fluid to drain for a second or two.
      7. Close the bleeder screw. Tell your helper to release the brake pedal.
      8. With the screw still tight, have them depress the brake pedal again. Then open the bleeder screw and allow more fluid to drain.
      9. Continue this process until the fluid comes out in a clean stream with no air.

      Note: do NOT allow the brake pedal to be release with the bleeder screw open...otherwise air will be sucked in. Ensure the brake fluid reservoir cap is on tight before depressing the brake pedal. Otherwise you'll end up with a geyser of fluid shooting out of the reservoir with every brake pedal depression.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Toyota Corolla - Brakes - 4/16/2014
    Grinding noise, front left wheel, 2010 Toyota Corolla
    The grinding noise sounds exactly like a brake pad worn off and metal is grinding against metal. I have had both front wheels off twice and all pads are good. The noise occurs when breaking, but not every time. If it were worn brake pads the noise would happen ...
     
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    AutoMD Member - 1999 Toyota Avalon - Brakes - 3/24/2014
    The ABS and the TRAK OFF lights are coming on and going off.. My brakes are making a noise..
    194,350 miles had it serviced 4-22-2014 The lights come on in simultaneously.. And randomly.. Usually after I have had to use brakes...Sometimes not.. It started bout same time sound started in my brakes... 3 months ago,,
     
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    AutoMD Member - 2003 Toyota 4Runner - Brakes - 3/18/2014
    Our brakes grind when we apply them. Our mechanic says the pads are not worn down. He says it could be a defective pad
    Could it be something vesides the brakes??
     
    • Jimm
      3/18/2014 Jimm
      Not really - definitely a problem with the brakes. The grinding could be due to several possibilities; worn / faulty caliper mounting hardware, brake pad worn rough / uneven to cause excess noise or vibration, sticking brake caliper piston.
      Do not rely on...'could be' or guess work with the braking system - for safety sake. Take the vehicle for a second opinion to a trusted repair shop in your area for a detailed and thorough inspection. Be sure to get a written estimate.

      As the next step, raise the front wheels (support with jack stands), then remove the front wheels for a closer inspection. 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 (axle set) from around $6.90, the caliper hardware kit from around $4.40, and the front brake caliper from around $62.70 each for your vehicle.
      Jimm
      3/18/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thank you..we are taking it today, to another mechanic. But, I was just wondering if it could be something besides brakes, since the first guy looked at tgem and said the pads were fine. Guess he did not look deeper into the problem to find the real problem. Ugh
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1996 Toyota RAV4 - Brakes - 3/7/2014
    Brakes intermittent, abs disabled years ago, when I apply brakes quickly brakes seem normal, but if applied normal gone
    when I try to stop at light or where ever in normal fashion pedal hits floor,MOST TIMES.but sometimes they are okay but not usually. I tried booster test many times according to manual and if I go by that booster is ok. I am not losing fluid from anywhere and ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 HouseCallAuto
      So then you have a bad master cylinder which is not so common anymore but still see once in a while.
      HouseCallAuto
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      Thanks friend, that was what I thought but I tend to over think things especially when working on my own vehicle.
    • bear.1216
      3/7/2014 bear.1216
      How was the ABS disabled. Is the ABS hydraulic control unit still connected. Your brake lines should go from the master cylinder into the ABS HCU. The HCU contains all of the switches and actuators that route your brake fluid out to the wheels. Any of the ABS valves in the HCU could be stuck open or closed or sticking. If you disabled the ABS than the HCU should be bypassed and removed to avoid these problems. Your brake lines should run from the master straight out to each wheel. This may require a different master cylinder. Probably the part for the non-ABS model. I suspect you have a leaky internal seal inside the master cylinder. The master cylinder has several internal seals on the step bore valve. It is designed to build pressure slow on normal stops and build pressure fast on panic stops. From what you are describing I would replace the master cylinder. The brake system is designed to function normally even with a faulty ABS system, but only temporarily. For optimal braking you should either fix the ABS or completely downgrade to normal brakes. If you plan on going non-ABS than you should replace the master cylinder with the non-ABS part. Then run new brake lines to completely bypass the ABS valves. It will fix your current problem and save future ones.
      bear.1216
      3/7/2014 AutoMD Member
      ABS disabled by removing fuse which took place prior to Rav being in my possession, but with your explanation it all makes sense. Thanks for such a fast reply, now gotta find MC
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2002 Toyota RAV4 - Brakes - 3/5/2014
    Brake lights not working
    Checked fuses, tail lights and turn signals work
     
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Toyota Yaris - Brakes - 2/6/2014
    My "BRAKE" light and "ABS" light went on. Owners maual says stop immediately. Is it that serious?
    Initially when the lights went on, I hadn't read the manual and assumed it was brake fluid. Shortly, but not immediately after I put brake fluid in, the lights went off. After a couple of days the lights went back on. Then I read the owners manual and am afraid to ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      2/6/2014 AutoMD Member
      your brakes need attention. you only know when brakes were attended to last. continued use may cause damage to mechanism.
 
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