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  • Brian K
    Brian K - 2003 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 5/9/2015
    I need to change Emergency Brake cable. Any help on how to loosen rusted adjustable cable nut, etc.
    Everything under the car is very rusty, car lives on Long Island.
    • tech2
      5/9/2015 tech2
      get pb blaster or some sort of penetrating oil spray on the nut as soon as you get it lt it soak in a while spray more repeat, then have a long handled wrench or ratchet to break it loose.
      5/11/2015 Brian K
      Thanks for the tips
    • GT500Knights
      5/9/2015 GT500Knights
      I would get some pb blaster and let it soak for about an hour, then try to break it loose. If that doesn't work, you may have to use heat.....most northern cars develop a large accumulation of rust on the undercarriage, making everything stick together. Try using propane or mapp gas. Sometimes that might not be hot enough....apply heat until it's very hot, then immediately toss water on it, then immediately try to break it loose. You may need to take it to a shop thay carries oxy acetylene which is about 3 times hotter than mapp
      5/11/2015 Brian K
      Thanks for the tips.
  • Sharyn
    Sharyn - 2005 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 5/2/2015
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  • JR
    JR - 1997 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 4/29/2015
    When I slow down & apply the brakes my truck shutters. This also happens when I slow down before braking.
    My brakes were screeching took the truck back in several times before the company (finally) turned the drums to stop it. Shortly there after the shuttering began. Happens when I am carrying my tools/load in the back.
    0 answer
  • tammy
    tammy - 1999 Dodge Avenger - Brakes - 4/13/2015
    Why wont my brake lights go out when parked
    my brake lights stay on, I have to keep depressing the brake pedal after parking for them to go out
    • Jimm
      4/12/2015 Jimm
      Replace the brake light switch - under the instrument panel, mounted on the brake pedal arm. Simple repair. Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps.

      Check these various on-line vendors for the replacement parts;,,, to list only a few.
      The new brake light switch costs around $3.60 for your vehicle.
    • Maya
      4/13/2015 Maya
      Check the brake oil level in master cylinder or your master cylinder plunger is getting struck in barrel. so that's why you need to press pedal multiple times to get rid of extra oil in brake line. check the brake switch which relays current to lights it could be faulty too.
      For details you can check this link :
  • dodge98
    dodge98 - 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 3/24/2015
    Replaced master cylinder, still no brakes?
    Hiya. I've replaced the rotors, brake pads, and calipers on both front tires. Then, I replaced the driver front rubber brake line, and the metal brake line that the rubber hose connects to. I've also replaced the master cylinder. The vehicle has no brakes still. If ...
    • Jimm
      3/24/2015 Jimm
      Has the master cylinder been bled of all residual air - as known as 'bench bleeding' prior to the installation? If not, the master cylinder will need to removed for this process.

      Reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature and related steps on the AutoMD website to properly bleed the master cylinder as well as the entire brake system - to remove the residual air and to restore pedal pressure.
  • ckapplehoff
    ckapplehoff - 2004 Dodge Durango - Brakes - 3/22/2015
    Sudden Elecrtical Issues no prior problems
    own a 2004 Dodge Durango 5.7L. Yesterday every warning light on my dash illuminated, my power windows stopped working and my car registered 10 codes. The truck had no issues prior to this. The issue seems as if it my be related to the brake. When press the brake ...
    0 answer
  • Cbubs0622
    Cbubs0622 - 2004 Dodge Neon - Brakes - 2/9/2015
    Drum Brake is leaking oil. Wheel cylinder issue?
    Just recently, my brake light came on and I did a quick inspection. It appears that brake fluid is leaking from my rear passenger brake drum, also, the bearing is bad in this wheel. Does this sound like a wheel cylinder needing to be replaced? the bearing has been ...
    • Jimm
      2/9/2015 Jimm
      Yes - replace both rear wheel cylinders - both wheels at the same time.
      Check these various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the rear wheel cylinder from around $5.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Lester L
    Lester L - 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 - Brakes - 2/7/2015
    How do I install a electric brake controller
    I need to install a electric brake controller so I can tow my 2 axel travel trailer.I bought a controller at O'Reilly
    0 answer
  • benito juarez
    benito juarez - 1990 Dodge B250 - Brakes - 2/3/2015
    Where is the brake fluid leaking from?
    In my van I constantly have to keep putting more brake fluid to the tank but I can't find the leak
    0 answer
  • John R.
    John R. - 2006 Dodge Caravan - Brakes - 12/18/2014
    After replacing disc brakes pads on 2006 Caravan front Calipers Rub on Rims
    Replaced Front Disc Brake Pads and now disc calipers are rubbing in inside of front rims?
    0 answer
  • mark
    mark - 2004 Dodge Caravan - Brakes - 12/9/2014
    Help my van brake goes to floor,we change master cylinder an can't find no leaks it work good for a few hours ,
    but after about 4 to 5 hours it start getting soft an goes to floor.i took it to so many no one seems to no how to fix the problem.they keep changing the master cylinder an bleeding the brakes but none of that is working. oh an they change the flex lines.
    • aculebra
      12/9/2014 aculebra
      They should look into the abs module and pump. Or brake booster
    • Teddy B
      12/9/2014 Teddy B
      I have a question-- Mark

      It appears you have problems with all your vehicles & the same ones
      over & over during the past several years
      I see that as normal with any vehicle
      My question is-- why do you keep asking for a guess from the internet?
      Do you not have a regular shop you have used with success for years?
      I also notice your vehicle problems continue for months, like your not
      concerned & no shop seems to find the issues, even though your trying
      at times to find help professionally
  • Evan
    Evan - 2005 Dodge Neon - Brakes - 12/2/2014
    Should new rotors be squeaking?
    I recently had my front rotors and pads replaced. Now there is a squeaking noise coming from my front wheels whenever I drive. The sound is about 1 squeak per tire rotation. The sound does not go away while breaking either. However, if I apply the breaks very ...
    • CVO
      11/29/2014 CVO
      Apply the Permatex 80077 Disc Brake Quiet, 9 oz. net Aerosol Can on the brake pad metal side it will stop brake squealing by dampening vibration at the caliper/brake pad interface.

      See this link
    • GT500Knights
      11/29/2014 GT500Knights rotors and pads should not be squeaking. If the rotors are new they should have a finish that looks machines. New pads should have a scuffed appearance to them when new. Noises from the wheel area can also be misdiagnosed. What you could be hearing is a faulty wheel bearing or ball joint. Either way, the brakes could have been installed improperly. My other suspicion would be that brake hardware contacting the rotor. If the hardware isnt installed properly and snug the metal clips can end up contacting the rotor and sound like the same sound a brake pad makes when the metal sensor touches the rotor.
    • John's Auto Repair
      12/2/2014 John's Auto Repair
      One other thing I've found is that the installer may not have cleaned off the protective
      coating that the new rotors have on them.
  • dakotatim
    dakotatim - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Brakes - 11/30/2014
    Would a brake distribution block that's bad not let you bleed the rear brakes? I can bleed the front but not the rear.
    I replaced the 2 front calipers. And now the brake pedal goes to the floor. I can't get any fluid out of the rear brakes.
    0 answer
  • cmroot2491
    cmroot2491 - 2010 Dodge Caliber - Brakes - 11/26/2014
    Chirping noise maybe from brakes or tires?
    My car makes a chirping noise mostly when braking or when driving slow. I recently got my brakes checked and they said they looked fine. It sounds like something is rubbing together. It's only on the right front tire. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
    • GT500Knights
      11/26/2014 GT500Knights
      Rotors may need to be turned (aka cut/resurfaced), if you had pads recently replaced but didn't have the rotors turned or replaced, this sound will likely occur.

      If pads are worn down to a certain point, a metal sensor attached to the pad will begin contacting the rotor and making this noise.

      If you currently equip semi metallic pads, and do a lot of heavy city driving, this will be a common side effect of semi metallic rotors.
  • gem
    gem - 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 - Brakes - 11/19/2014
    Why does my tow brake control not work
    The brake indicator light in the cab on the brake control unit does not light up when the actuator slide bar is used. I have not tested it while towing anything so there would not be an unsafe condition created.
    0 answer