Auto | Auto Parts & Systems | Brake Problems

Undetected brake problems can be dangerous, but if you are aware of them you can prevent accidents. To see articles on braking problems and other topics, see our Braking Guide.

Featured
Why is there air in my brake lines?

If your brake pedal feels a little soft or squishy, then there's a good chance that you have air in your brake lines. But how could air possibly get into a sealed hydraulic brake system?


What do the brake warning lights mean in my car?

What do the brake warning lights mean in my car?

Brake warning lights alert you to potential brake failure. Learn what your brake warning lights may be telling you. See more »

How Brake Failure Works

How Brake Failure Works

Brake failure is an extremely dangerous occurrence, though it is rare for regular cars. Learn all about brake failure at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How does payload affect braking?

How does payload affect braking?

How does payload affect braking? Learn all about payload and braking at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why are my brakes squeaking?

Why are my brakes squeaking?

My brakes are making an odd squeaking noise. Why are my brakes squeaking? See more »

What should I do when my brakes lock?

What should I do when my brakes lock?

I've heard differing reports on what to do when brakes lock. What's the right thing to do? What should I do when my brakes lock? See more »

Why is there air in my brake lines?

Why is there air in my brake lines?

A mechanic said there was air in my brake lines. Is this possible? Why is there air in my brake lines? See more »

Why is my car leaking brake fluid?

Why is my car leaking brake fluid?

My car is leaking brake fluid, but I'm not sure from where. Why is my car leaking brake fluid? See more »

What if my brakes stopped working?

What if my brakes stopped working?

If your brakes stopped working while you were approaching an exit on the highway, would you know what to do? Find out what to do if your brakes stopped working. See more »