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  • Robert
    Robert - 2007 Saturn Aura - Brakes - 7/6/2011
    How to I change the back brakes?
     
  • kaiwhi
    kaiwhi - 1998 Saturn SC1 - Brakes - 5/30/2011
    How do I remove the vacuum brake booster from the fire wall?
    The part I can't access is on the interior of the car.
     
    0 answer
  • mel
    mel - 2007 Saturn Relay-1 - Brakes - 5/22/2011
    ABS Speed sensor needs to be replaced
    problem is my L/F wheel is dragging. The shop says I have a bad L/F speed sensor and I need to repalce the entire hub assembly. The ABS light never went on. THis does not make sense to me and thew shop could not explain it very well.
     
    • TechSam
      5/22/2011 TechSam
      Did you change the wheel hub? did you clear the code? I really dont understand what you are trying to say. Reply.
      TechSam
      5/22/2011 mel
      I have not replaced the hub as I do not think that is going to fix the problem. I just looked at the car myself and the inner pad on the driver's side is completely gone. The piston does not retract at all. I think the problem is a frozen caaliper that is throwing off the speed sensor.
  • Reuben Griffin
    Reuben Griffin - 2000 Saturn SL - Brakes - 4/6/2011
    What is wrong with my back brakes and Third brake light not working when I press the brake pedal
    I've changed the brake light switch replaced all fuses and relay switches and light bulbs
     
    • Bill
      4/4/2011 Bill
      Rueben: Your problem says you have something wrong with the back brakes, then goes on to ask about the 3rd brake light. Is this correct? Third brake light probably has a loose wiring harness connector but concerned if actual rear brakes not working.
      Bill
      4/4/2011 Reuben Griffin
      Hey Mr. Bill Yes that is correct. When I turn my light switch on for the lights to come on all of the lights come on that normally suppose to come on however just when I apply brakes to back up or stop at a light or stop sign the brake light does not come on
    • Reuben Griffin
      4/4/2011 Reuben Griffin
      So is the Third brake light connected or tide into the back brakes
      Reuben Griffin
      4/5/2011 Bill
      Yes, on same circuit so if brake lights working then you either have a bad ground to 3rd light or a wire connection problem.
    • Reuben Griffin
      4/6/2011 Reuben Griffin
      Thank you I really appreciate your comments I think this is a very impressive tool
  • culleyccs
     
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      It could be a worn strut mount or damaged stabilizer link. Check those areas and replace them as needed.
  • bobby henderson
    bobby henderson - 1997 Saturn SC2 - Brakes - 3/12/2011
    How do you push the piston back in the caliper to fit over new brake pads
  • bobby henderson
    bobby henderson - 1996 Saturn SC2 - Brakes - 3/12/2011
    How do you push the piston back in to fit over new brake pads
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      to push the piston back into its bore you will need a C- clamp then loosen the master cylinder cap then make sure no dirt or sand is around the piston then put the c-clamp on the caliper and slowly turn the c-clamp till the piston is completely back into is bore.............good luck
      J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      3/12/2011 bobby henderson
      thanks a lot . you were very helpful
  • Cobra
    Cobra - 1997 Saturn SL2 - Brakes - 2/12/2011
    What is wrong with my brakes?
    The brakes worked fine when I parked it six months ago. Now the pedal goes to the floor and it seems like there are barely any brakes on the car. The reservoir is full of fluid. It does not have ABS Brakes and it doesn't matter whether I pump the brakes or not.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/12/2011 HouseCallAuto
      Try bleeding the air from the brake lines. That would be the first step for whoever begins working the problem.
  • Ralph Foston jr
    Ralph Foston jr - 2005 Saturn Relay-2 - Brakes - 2/9/2011
    Where is the abs module located?
    The brakes engage while driving slowing me down to about 15mph. it usually happens when the car has been in operation for period of time at about 40mph plus. It has been suggested that I have a defective abs module.
     
    • Bender
      2/9/2011 Bender
      I believe its under your master cylinder
  • jason0977
    jason0977 - 2004 Saturn Vue - Brakes - 2/8/2011
    How hard is it to replace rear speed sensor for 04 saturn vue
     
    • Bender
      2/8/2011 Bender
      Well we have to remove your wheels first...

      Locate the ABS sensor on the wheel hub assembly. Normally, this will look like a small black box mounted to the wheel hub.

      Unplug the electrical wiring from the ABS sensor.

      Remove the screws or bolts that hold your ABS sensor in place and pull the sensor off the hub with a screwdriver or socket wrench.

      Align the mounting holes on the new sensor with the mounting holes on the wheel hub for the new ABS sensor.

      Thread and tighten the bolts or screws.

      Plug the electrical connector back into the ABS sensor.

      Mount the wheel and tighten the lug nuts...

  • JENNA
     
    • yboy82
      1/26/2011 yboy82
      If it is my vehicle I will replace all my wheel bearings so I have a peace of mind that the other bearing will be worn or became defective soon and to avoid more expenses.
  • DouglasC48
    DouglasC48 - 2004 Saturn L300-1 - Brakes - 1/21/2011
    Front Rotor removal?
    The replacement rotors I have indicate that the wheel bearing and the rotor should separate. The Chilton manual indicates that I should have had two removal jacking locations on the rotor to push it off the wheel hub... There are no bolt holes to push it off ...
     
    • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
      1
      Park your vehicle on a solid level surface. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.
      2
      Remove the front wheel hub caps if applicable. Using a tire iron, break loose the front wheel lug nuts but do not remove.
      3
      Using a floor jack, lift up the front of your vehicle.
      4
      Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
      5
      Remove the front wheel lug nuts. Remove the front wheels and set them aside.
      6
      Locate the brake caliper. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts or pins.
      7
      Swivel the caliper up and away from the brake disc. Secure the caliper to the coil spring with a bungee cord. Do not allow the caliper to hang from the brake hose. Do not disconnect the brake hose.
      8
      Follow the steps below to remove a brake disc and hub assembly:
      • Remove the dust cap by using channellock pliers to work it back and forth
      • Remove the cotter pin and then the retaining ring/lock
      • Remove the wheel bearing adjusting nut and washer
      • Slide the disc assembly off the spindle
      • Remove the outer wheel bearing
      • Remove the inner wheel bearing and grease seal
      9
      Coat the inside of the new disc hub with grease. Clean the disc surface with brake clean. Pack the inner wheel bearing with grease and install it into the inner side of the brake disc hub. Install a new grease seal.
      10
      Slide your new brake disc assembly onto the spindle. Repack the outer wheel bearing with grease and install it into the disc hub.
      11
      Install the retaining washer and nut.
      12
      To adjust the wheel bearing free play, spin the hub and tighten the nut to the manufacturer's specifications.
      13
      Install the nut retainer.
      14
      Install a new cotter pin.
      15
      Install the wheel bearing dust cap.
      16
      Slide the brake caliper over the new brake disc. Reinstall the caliper mounting bolts.
      17
      Tighten the caliper bolts or pins. Reinstall any rubber boots if applicable.
      18
      Repeat steps 5 through 17 for the other side.
      19
      Install the front wheels. Snug down the wheel lug nuts.
      20
      Remove jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the wheel lug nuts to the manufacturer's specifications in a star pattern.
      21
      Verify that you have a solid brake pedal. Road test the vehicle to verify the repair
  • Ralph Foston jr
    Ralph Foston jr - 2005 Saturn Relay-2 - Brakes - 1/20/2011
    What to do about a defective module
    The van starts to slow down at 40+ mph. This happens about 15 to 20 minutes of driving.This has ben happening about two months. The check engine light is on as well as the ABS light.
     
    • yboy82
      1/20/2011 yboy82
      You should diagnose your vehicle first with a scan tool to determine what the stored trouble code your check engine light indicates. The extracted trouble code will help you track the right path in fixing your vehicle.
  • evigil
    evigil - 2005 Saturn Ion - Brakes - 12/26/2010
    No brake lights , still keeps blowing the fuse
    mycar has60000.replaced brake light switch, but still blows the fuse.checked all bulb sockets,master cyl switch . chased wiring thoughout the car.found a shaved wire under the safety brake light.repaired , still blowing fuse.
     
    • Bill
      12/26/2010 Bill
      If fuse blows as soon as pedal depressed then a direct to ground short most likely.
      Try replacing bulbs first since you hadn't mentioned if you did this.
      Bill
      12/27/2010 evigil
      can the bulbs be interally bad even if the elements appear good.i have pulled the bulbs & looked them over,but not replaced them. thanks for your help.
  • xilex
    xilex - 2005 Saturn Relay-2 - Brakes - 12/12/2010
    Still have squishy brake
    replaced the brake pads and roters and still have the problem