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  • pasqualsudat
    pasqualsudat - 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass - Brakes - 3/23/2013
    Brakes stick. How much to fix the problem
  • ronspaz
  • ronspaz
    ronspaz - 2001 Oldsmobile Bravada - Brakes - 3/4/2013
    Brake light on top of tailgate works but the brake lights on tal lights do not work
    we replaced the brake light switch the bulbs and checked the fuses
    • CVO
      3/4/2013 CVO
      Check the turn signal switch, it has the cruise control as well as the brake signal on it.
      3/4/2013 HouseCallAuto
      How to check it?
  • jg
    jg - 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue - Brakes - 1/26/2013
    My breaks has problem
    i was told that I had worp rotor so I had the replaced and 6 months later they are worped again . I was told that they should of changed the pad at the same tie they replaced rotor
    • Jimm
      1/26/2013 Jimm
      The short time period of six months is not long - how many miles are in these six months? Second question, were the brake rotors replacement as equal or better quality than the original equipment (OEM) type? If not, then at the next brake rotor replacement - make sure the brand and type is equal or better than the OEM type that was originally installed on the vehicle when new.

      Generally, the brake rotors should last a lot longer than the brake pads - they do not usually have to be replaced as frequently. Have you checked the brake calipers - to make sure the piston is fully retracting - and not causing excess wear or drag on the brake pads - which would cause the rotors to warp due to the heat / friction build-up?
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources; such as, or for the replacement parts.
      Check the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for specific steps to inspect and replace the brake rotors and components.
    • rick
      1/26/2013 rick
      Yes they should have . But if the rotors are warping that fast there is something else going on . Could be the calipers are hanging up and this would cause the problem .
  • lisapug9110
    lisapug9110 - 2003 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 1/4/2013
    Why does the brake tail light come on several hours after car has been turned off
    This has happened for two nights in a few and I have to jump the car because battery is drained
    0 answer
  • lisapug9110
    lisapug9110 - 2003 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 1/4/2013
    Why does the brake tail light come on several hours after car has been turned off
    This has happened for two nights in a few and I have to jump the car because battery is drained
    0 answer
  • cgood33
    cgood33 - 2004 Oldsmobile Alero - Brakes - 1/3/2013
    Do I have to bleed brakes after changing brake pads
  • kendrad
    kendrad - 1996 Oldsmobile LSS - Brakes - 12/19/2012
    What do I need to fix?
    When I bought the car my tires were low on thread so I thought this was why I had to floor the break pedal to stop and when slowing down it jerks. I bought two used front tires and new brakes for the front and the problem was not as bad as before. I took it to the ...
    0 answer
  • 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;
      11/27/2012 Ray
      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

      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!
    0 answer
  • 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............
    • 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.
      8/25/2012 dylann
      Ok. But I was. Messin with it tryin to pump the breaks a lot . Would that wreck nething?
      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.
      8/25/2012 dylann
      Ok thanks!!!
      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???