Brakes

Learn how to check and fix the brakes on your car or truck, and find out more about brake pads, brake fluid and more.

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How Do Motorcycle Brakes Work?

Knowing how your motorcycle brakes work helps you become a better driver. Here's what happens on your bike when you apply the brakes.

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13 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Car

Put the brakes on these all-too-common mistakes to help keep your car on the road and out of the shop.


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20 Bad Auto Habits Your Mechanic Wants You to Stop Doing

Keep your mechanic happy by not doing these things to your vehicle.


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How Car Brakes Work and How to Tell When They Go Bad

Learn how your brakes slow and stop your car, and how to tell if your brakes aren't working properly.


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Why Do My Brakes Lock Up When Trying to Stop?

Brakes locking up, whether in an emergency or while simply slowing down, can be a frightening experience. Here's what you...

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Why Do My Brakes Keep Grinding?

If you hear your brakes grinding, something is wrong. Here are four likely causes for the noise and what you...


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How to Replace a Broken Brake Light

Got a brake light that's not working? In less time than it takes to drive to the auto repair shop,...

How to Change Rear Brake Pads

Maintaining disc brakes is a perfect opportunity for DIYers to get their hands dirty and save a few hundred dollars.


What Is a Brake Caliper (And How To Tell if Mine is Bad)?

If your car is equipped with disc brakes, brake calipers are critical to slowing and stopping your car. Here's what...


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What Is a Brake Light Switch and When Should You Replace It?

The brake light switch on your vehicle serves an important safety function. Learn how to test it and determine when...


DIY Brake Tips

Use new high-temperature grease to improve long-term brake performance and wear

How to Check Brakes

Diagnose brake problems yourself


How to Replace Your Own Struts

Replace struts yourself and save $300


Changing Brake Fluid

Test your brake fluid and replace it if it's worn out


Brake Pad Replacement Cost and Repair – Avoid Getting Ripped Off

How to get a good brake job and save $1,000 over the life of your car. Here are tips for...


How to Change Brake Pads

How to change brake pads is simpler than replacing rear disc brakes. If you have experience with basic repair brake...

How to Check Brake Fluid

Make sure the corrosion inhibitor in your brake fluid hasn't worn out