The Truth About Cars » Brakes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Brakes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com NHTSA Deepening Probe into Ford F-150 Brakes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/nhtsa-deepening-probe-ford-f-150-brakes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/nhtsa-deepening-probe-ford-f-150-brakes/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1200913 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will look further into claims that 2011-2012 F-150 trucks may have a faulty brake vacuum pump on cold starts that caused seven crashes, including one injury, the Detroit News reported. According to the report, nearly 253,000 trucks are affected by the investigation. Ford has said that it will comply […]

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will look further into claims that 2011-2012 F-150 trucks may have a faulty brake vacuum pump on cold starts that caused seven crashes, including one injury, the Detroit News reported. According to the report, nearly 253,000 trucks are affected by the investigation. Ford has said that it will comply […]

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Piston Slap: Making Masala of a Jetta Parking Brake? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/piston-slap-making-masala-jetta-parking-brake/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/piston-slap-making-masala-jetta-parking-brake/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1085697   Gaurav writes: Hello Sanjeev, (oh dear…*facepalm*- SM) I am writing you from India. I have a Jetta MkV 1.9 TDI with automatic transmission. It has done about 74,000 km. About a month back, I got the the brake fluid replaced as the service adviser suggested it should be replaced once every 60-70k km. After I got the car back, […]

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  Gaurav writes: Hello Sanjeev, (oh dear…*facepalm*- SM) I am writing you from India. I have a Jetta MkV 1.9 TDI with automatic transmission. It has done about 74,000 km. About a month back, I got the the brake fluid replaced as the service adviser suggested it should be replaced once every 60-70k km. After I got the car back, […]

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Piston Slap: Minivan or SUV to Take the “A” Liner? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-10/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 11:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1074810   Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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  Clark writes: Sajeev, We plan on buying a hard-side folding camper (a.k.a. an Aliner) with a dry weight of about 2,100 lbs. Which minivan or SUV would you recommend? Sajeev answers: I would be remiss if I didn’t admit I kinda want a pop-up camper to tow behind my Ranger. Kinda the same thing…sorta. Anyway, if […]

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Piston Slap: A Fusion of Malcontent? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-fusion-malcontent/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-fusion-malcontent/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:08:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=988370   Casey writes: Dear Sajeev, I love your column! Anyway long story short I’m an idiot. When I met my wife she had a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac that was in ROUGH shape inside and out, cosmetically and mechanically. She liked her truck though and it worked for us for a few years. Recently […]

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  Casey writes: Dear Sajeev, I love your column! Anyway long story short I’m an idiot. When I met my wife she had a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac that was in ROUGH shape inside and out, cosmetically and mechanically. She liked her truck though and it worked for us for a few years. Recently […]

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Piston Slap: High Caliber Aftermarket Stoppers? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/piston-slap-high-caliber-aftermarket-stoppers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/piston-slap-high-caliber-aftermarket-stoppers/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:13:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=811186 John writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve had a 2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4 for a few years and it’s coming up to its first all-around brake job at 50,000 miles / 80,000 km (I drive like a granny). I work at a dealership (different brand) but can get parts at a bit of a discount. Still, OEM […]

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John writes: Hi Sajeev, I’ve had a 2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4 for a few years and it’s coming up to its first all-around brake job at 50,000 miles / 80,000 km (I drive like a granny). I work at a dealership (different brand) but can get parts at a bit of a discount. Still, OEM […]

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Piston Slap: Crossing over into Minivan Tow Ratings? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-crossing-over-into-minivan-tow-ratings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/piston-slap-crossing-over-into-minivan-tow-ratings/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:35:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440618   Mike writes: Dear Sajeev, I have been a fan of TTAC for a while now. I am motivated to write by the recent responses to towing with a 2005 Odyssey. Two years ago I bought a 2008 Toyota Sienna and a 21 foot (actual total length) travel trailer. The trailer has a GVWR of […]

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  Mike writes: Dear Sajeev, I have been a fan of TTAC for a while now. I am motivated to write by the recent responses to towing with a 2005 Odyssey. Two years ago I bought a 2008 Toyota Sienna and a 21 foot (actual total length) travel trailer. The trailer has a GVWR of […]

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Piston Slap: The “Fat” Panther, The Self Aware Man http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-the-fat-panther-the-self-aware-man/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/piston-slap-the-fat-panther-the-self-aware-man/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:02:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415666   George writes: Sajeev, I enjoy TTAC and your writing. Okay, I succumbed to the blandishments of you Panther lovers (and to fond memories of my father driving his Fords and Lincolns), and bought a 1996 Lincoln Town Car Cartier.  The car has about 143,000 miles on it, all in North Carolina.  The previous (2nd) […]

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  George writes: Sajeev, I enjoy TTAC and your writing. Okay, I succumbed to the blandishments of you Panther lovers (and to fond memories of my father driving his Fords and Lincolns), and bought a 1996 Lincoln Town Car Cartier.  The car has about 143,000 miles on it, all in North Carolina.  The previous (2nd) […]

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The Physics Of Flintstones-Style Braking http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-physics-of-flintstones-style-braking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/the-physics-of-flintstones-style-braking/#comments Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:45:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409008 This is the kind of video that might suffice as standalone weekend entertainment. After all, braking a truck with your feet is a pretty demonstrably bad idea. But the lovable nerds at Popular Science just had to take it a step further and work out the physics of trying to halt a truck ala Fred […]

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This is the kind of video that might suffice as standalone weekend entertainment. After all, braking a truck with your feet is a pretty demonstrably bad idea. But the lovable nerds at Popular Science just had to take it a step further and work out the physics of trying to halt a truck ala Fred […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 7: Disc Brakes In, Massive Slacker Couch-Surfing Expedition Enabled! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/1965-impala-hell-project-part-7-disc-brakes-in-massive-slacker-couch-surfing-expedition-enabled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/1965-impala-hell-project-part-7-disc-brakes-in-massive-slacker-couch-surfing-expedition-enabled/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:30:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405038 Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Part 6 • Part 7 • Part 8 After installing a junkyard-centric, street-sign-based instrument panel and 20-pound “pullout sound system,” I hit the streets on my post-college-graduation job search. After all, with a newly-minted degree from the University […]

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Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Part 6 • Part 7 • Part 8 After installing a junkyard-centric, street-sign-based instrument panel and 20-pound “pullout sound system,” I hit the streets on my post-college-graduation job search. After all, with a newly-minted degree from the University […]

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Brake Work Birthday Gift: How Many Mistakes Can You Find Here? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/brake-work-birthday-gift-how-many-mistakes-can-you-find-here/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/brake-work-birthday-gift-how-many-mistakes-can-you-find-here/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382312 Since I’ve got ungodly quantities of top-shelf booze thanks to my other job, I figured I’d celebrate my 900th birthday by having a party and pouring said booze down my guests’ throats. A couple of them went overboard on the gift department, including one who made me a coupon for free brake work on my […]

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Since I’ve got ungodly quantities of top-shelf booze thanks to my other job, I figured I’d celebrate my 900th birthday by having a party and pouring said booze down my guests’ throats. A couple of them went overboard on the gift department, including one who made me a coupon for free brake work on my […]

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Bumper Sticker of the Week! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/bumper-sticker-of-the-week/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/bumper-sticker-of-the-week/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380295 I spotted this sticker on a (disc brake-equipped) Nissan pickup in the parking lot of the San Jose North Pick-Your-Part during my last trip to California. While I do believe that drum brakes want to kill us all— I’m already hating the four-wheel/single-circuit drums on my ’66 Dodge A100 van— I still admire the cryptic […]

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I spotted this sticker on a (disc brake-equipped) Nissan pickup in the parking lot of the San Jose North Pick-Your-Part during my last trip to California. While I do believe that drum brakes want to kill us all— I’m already hating the four-wheel/single-circuit drums on my ’66 Dodge A100 van— I still admire the cryptic […]

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Between The Lines: Them’s The Brakes, Corvette ZR1 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/between-the-lines-thems-the-brakes-corvette-zr1/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/between-the-lines-thems-the-brakes-corvette-zr1/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 17:56:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379446 Though an objectively awesome car by any (non-environmental) metric (review forthcoming, I promise) some Corvette ZR1 owners are plagued with a strange brake vibration. Which, thanks to the Corvette Forum, is available for all and sundry to see. But let’s dig a little deeper: bearing in mind the customer involved is a personal friend, and […]

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Though an objectively awesome car by any (non-environmental) metric (review forthcoming, I promise) some Corvette ZR1 owners are plagued with a strange brake vibration. Which, thanks to the Corvette Forum, is available for all and sundry to see. But let’s dig a little deeper: bearing in mind the customer involved is a personal friend, and […]

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Washington Bans Copper Brakes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/washington-bans-copper-brakes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/washington-bans-copper-brakes/#comments Tue, 20 Apr 2010 19:24:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353427 When friends of the automobile think about environmental regulation, our minds tend to tend to leap towards emissions. Between energy independence, air quality and the specter of global warming, a number of political agendas focus auto regulations on the tailpipe and drivetrain, driving a number of changes in the industry. But, as the AP reports, […]

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When friends of the automobile think about environmental regulation, our minds tend to tend to leap towards emissions. Between energy independence, air quality and the specter of global warming, a number of political agendas focus auto regulations on the tailpipe and drivetrain, driving a number of changes in the industry. But, as the AP reports, […]

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Are The Prius And Fusion Hybrid Brake Issues Related? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/are-the-prius-and-fusion-hybrid-brake-issues-related/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/are-the-prius-and-fusion-hybrid-brake-issues-related/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2010 23:24:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=344261 Ford says emphatically no, but the evidence (such as it is) indicates certain similarities. Let’s take a look… Toyota’s updated press release on the Prius brake issue reads: Some customers have complained of inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady application of brakes on rough or slick road surfaces when the anti-lock brake system (ABS) […]

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Ford says emphatically no, but the evidence (such as it is) indicates certain similarities. Let’s take a look… Toyota’s updated press release on the Prius brake issue reads: Some customers have complained of inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady application of brakes on rough or slick road surfaces when the anti-lock brake system (ABS) […]

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Prius Brakes Fail In Japan and U.S.A. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/prius-brakes-fail-in-japan-and-u-s-a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/prius-brakes-fail-in-japan-and-u-s-a/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 08:09:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343969 And the hits, they keep on coming. Now, brakes of the Prius flake out. Japan’s transport ministry has received 14 complaints about problems with brakes on Toyota’s latest. The ministry has asked Toyota to investigate the complaints, says the Nikkei [sub.] “Those are purely reported cases, so we still need to investigate to find out […]

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And the hits, they keep on coming. Now, brakes of the Prius flake out. Japan’s transport ministry has received 14 complaints about problems with brakes on Toyota’s latest. The ministry has asked Toyota to investigate the complaints, says the Nikkei [sub.] “Those are purely reported cases, so we still need to investigate to find out […]

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Lawyers Ask Court To Stop Toyota From Fixing Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/lawyers-ask-court-to-stop-toyota-from-fixing-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/lawyers-ask-court-to-stop-toyota-from-fixing-cars/#comments Sun, 31 Jan 2010 19:30:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343609 Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal wrote: “Hell, in modern imagination, is not a place of fiery lakes and acrid fumes. It’s a maze of deposition rooms you can’t escape, where nothing is what it seems. That’s where Toyota has landed.“ Welcome to hell. The Parker Waichman Alonso law firm , of Great Neck, NY, teamed […]

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal wrote: “Hell, in modern imagination, is not a place of fiery lakes and acrid fumes. It’s a maze of deposition rooms you can’t escape, where nothing is what it seems. That’s where Toyota has landed.“ Welcome to hell. The Parker Waichman Alonso law firm , of Great Neck, NY, teamed […]

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Toyota Floormatgate: Autobox Burnouts Banned? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/toyota-floormatgate-autobox-burnouts-banned/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/toyota-floormatgate-autobox-burnouts-banned/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:44:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=336983 Automotive News [sub] is reporting that Toyota will replace or reshape some 3.8m accelerator pedals to reduce the risk of them becoming lodged against floormats. Toyota will also be replacing some floormats as it battles a recent unintended acceleration scare. But far more interesting than the prosaic alterations to pedals and mats is Toyota’s decision […]

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Automotive News [sub] is reporting that Toyota will replace or reshape some 3.8m accelerator pedals to reduce the risk of them becoming lodged against floormats. Toyota will also be replacing some floormats as it battles a recent unintended acceleration scare. But far more interesting than the prosaic alterations to pedals and mats is Toyota’s decision […]

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