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  • Zachbell89
    Zachbell89 - 2004 Chevrolet Classic - Brakes - 3/27/2015
    Why is my brake light on the instrument panel on
    I was driving around and out of no where the light came on for a little bit then when I got home and turned it off it went off only to come back on when I started the car again I use my emergeny brake a lot because my drive way is at a pretty good slope i have ...
    • Jimm
      3/24/2015 Jimm
      First step - check the brake fluid level in the brake master cylinder,and refill as necessary. Once the fluid is OK, and the light still comes on - check these items; master cylinder fluid level sensor, sensor wiring / connection. Is the brake warning light intermittent or steady?
    • Zachbell89
      3/27/2015 Zachbell89
      ok I will check toughs things I just changed my rotors and pads and its still on so how will I be able to tell if the sensor is bad
      3/27/2015 Teddy B
      Most likely related to the parking brake you use as you should be
  • Stacy
    Stacy - 2011 Chevrolet Malibu - Brakes - 3/14/2015
    Having problems feels like brakes. I've changed them and the rooters, but the front end still continues to shake bad
    I've changed brakes, rooter, and even got new front tires. Still experiencing a lot of shaking in the front end especially when trying to stop 25miles plus. Is there a recall on this?
    • Jimm
      3/14/2015 Jimm
      Check the recalls listing on the AutoMD website. Could be worn front hub bearings, loose/worn suspension components.
  • Sparky
    Sparky - 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe - Brakes - 3/7/2015
    I have a clunking sound when driving,it sounds like it's in the front end somewhere
    Can't really tell if it's in the suspension or the brakes
    • Jimm
      3/7/2015 Jimm
      Need more information - when and at what speeds is the noise heard? Is the noise localized - from a certain corner or wheel position? Does the sound change or is it constant?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 Chevrolet Impala - Brakes - 3/5/2015
    The traction control activates when I turn left only when coming from a stop.
    I took it in for a diagnostic and was told nothing could be done until the light/message stayed on and did not go off. Normally the engine pauses like the abs is supposed to, the light comes on and then goes off. I have had a message of "service traction control" ...
    • Universal Auto
      3/5/2015 Universal Auto
      The traction control system is a safety system. it only activates when there is an usual signal from one of the wheel speed sensor. There is one sensor per wheel, if the computer is sensing that one wheel is spinning faster or slower then the rest it will activate the traction control. there might be a problem with one sensor or you might have one wheel that is bigger/ smaller then the rest. Ether way have it check out by a trained technician.
  • carl
    carl - 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500 - Brakes - 3/2/2015
    Have replaced calipers, rotors and pads but still have rub/grinding and pulling to the right when brakes applied
    At slow speed or stopping
    • Jimm
      3/2/2015 Jimm
      Change the brake fluid in the system (to remove all traces of dirt and moisture), and replace the flexible brake hoses. You did not specify if the front, rear - or both - brakes were recently serviced.

      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front brake hoses from around $12.30 each, and the rear hoses from around $10.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Edbuff
    Edbuff - 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - Brakes - 2/16/2015
    Tail light issues help asap
    I have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche the break lights come one when the head lights are on but when I press the break they do not get brighter how can I fix that???
    0 answer
  • Edbuff
    Edbuff - 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 - Brakes - 2/16/2015
    Tail light issues help asap
    I have a 2004 Chevy Avalanche the break lights come one when the head lights are on but when I press the break they do not get brighter how can I fix that???
    0 answer
  • eagle8627
    eagle8627 - 2007 Chevrolet Colorado - Brakes - 1/29/2015
    When driving and needing to brake,the brakes pedal seems to go all the way in.where i need double pump at times
    i have checked the front brake pads and even bled the lines
    • connorgrennes92
      1/29/2015 connorgrennes92
      Sounds to me like you have some air in your brake lines or brake master cylinder. You might be low on fluid and if you go up a steep hill or down one the fluid can lean to one side and let air bubbles in. I would first check the fluid level and if that is full than you may have air leaking into the system somewhere else. If you know how to bleed your brakes its really simple fix but if not take it to you shop of choice and it shouldn't be more than $100 to bleed the brakes. But if the brake master cylinder is shot than it could cost a fed hundred. Hope this helps good luck!!! (now if only someone would answer my question......)
      1/29/2015 Debby
      Thank you , think it would be safter to take to a garage .. :)
      1/29/2015 Debby
      Sorry commented on wrong thread
  • Katie
    Katie - 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt - Brakes - 1/13/2015
    There's a burning rubber smell coming from the drivers side rear. What could that be?
    I smell it outside the vehicle after driving.
    • Chevy doctor
      1/13/2015 Chevy doctor
      If rear drums I would look to see if your wheel cylinder is leaking. If Rear rotors, check calipers for possibly slide pins seized or pads hanging up.
  • Dave
    Dave - 2005 Chevrolet Equinox - Brakes - 12/9/2014
    Front brakes won't release
    Occasionally , the front brakes will not release after application. New master cylinder , new calipers and new booster. No warning lights. Brakes will actually get tighter to the point of not being able to move it.
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      There is not a repair shop or dealer that has been able to find anything?

      The only thing to cause (Both Front Calipers) to stay applied or drag, would be ABS
      Braking System related (if it is both sides)

      Have these shops not checked all vehicle modules or road tested with you
      driving to gather info from you?

      Then drive again before returning the vehicle to you -that seems to be a common problem
      with these issues-- then they had to know the issue was still there & made it your problem

      I hate to see you go to a dealer but local shop or dealer they have to check bulletins first,
      then scan tool data,gather info from you & road test

      Occasionally,only front brakes etc,you would think that would be a clue in their diagnosing things
      Teddy B
      3/25/2015 joe
      I have a 2007 chevy cobalt with the same issues of the brakes failing to release spent 800 plus dollars at the chevy dealer for basically whole new brake system from master cyl. to pads and everything in between . 2 weeks later front brakes will not release. My father stopped by looked at the car pulled the main ABS fus car now drives perfect for over a year. i am in my 40's so i grew up with no ABS. just like the old days
  • jim
    jim - 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Brakes - 11/19/2014
    Hit brakes to avoid deer, warning lights staying on.
    Road icy, hit brakes to avoid deer, now the brake warning lights stay on and I have very LITTLE brake peddle. Also, when in 4wd vehicle hops, mainly when turning, also sometimes when starting out.
    • techpaddle
      11/19/2014 techpaddle
      sounds like you may have popped a wheel cylinder causing a fluid leak which would cause the rear brakes to stick.
  • jim
    jim - 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Brakes - 11/18/2014
    Brake lights on, little peddle
    hit brakes to avoid deer, abs system had vehicle stuttering(?), road icy, after that brake lights came on and have very LITTLE braking. Also, when in 4wd vehicle hops.
    0 answer
  • linda stjohn
    linda stjohn - 2001 Chevrolet S10 - Brakes - 11/14/2014
    How to replace brake line
    do i have to pull the bed off?
    • Eric Bellen
      11/14/2014 Eric Bellen
      The proper way would be to pull tank and remove old brakeline and position new brakeline where old one was, another way is to route over tank securing it along the way making sure the metal brakeline is not on another metal object (chaffing) put rubber hose or such in between.
  • Shannon
    Shannon - 1998 Chevrolet Malibu - Brakes - 11/9/2014
    My car when i give it gas it feels like it's dragging why would this be?
    I just had the brakes done and it was not dragging before they were done.
    0 answer
  • danelle
    danelle - 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer - Brakes - 11/4/2014
    • RhodeApple
      11/4/2014 RhodeApple
      If this happens just before you come to a stop a faulty wheel speed sensor/tone ring is a common problem with these vehicles. Typically one of the front hub bearings is the problem. Once you pinpoint which one is the problem, I recommend replacing the wheel speed sensor and hub as a unit because the tone wheel is internal in the hub. Your mechanic will have to monitor the wheel speed sensors with a scan tool while driving and notice which wheel drops to 0 mph before the others.