car repairs


Question by  canes3339 (10)

What is the best way to troubleshoot front brake problems in a 2000 Ford Excursion?

The brakes aren't holding sometimes.


Answer by  StevenB (128)

It is really not hard to tell the condition of your rotors. If you feel a pulsing or vibration on the pedal as you brake more than likely your rotors are warped or have grooves in them. You can also feel them by running your fingers across the surface it should smooth and uniform.


Answer by  bug57 (1048)

Remove the front wheels and perform a visual inspection of the brake pads and rotors. Rotors should be smooth, with no heat spots. Pads should have at least 20% material.


Answer by  jaljl25 (547)

Things with brakes can be really tricky. Instead of doing it yourself (speaking from personal experience) get a mechanic to perform repairs for you. Get this repaired soon because brake failure can arise.


Answer by  Allstar (2071)

That sounds like a fluid leak. You should take it to a shop and have it fixed, that's very dangerous.


Answer by  kennethjgoodson (4903)

If the brakes aren't holding it sounds like you have a problem with your calipers because the piston in the caliper is not holding the shoes tightly to the rotor.


Answer by  sarah702 (22)

See if there are any leaks. If not there is air inside the system. Open the top of the reservoir. Press down on the pedal, let the air out and replace with fluid.


Answer by  hemantc (169)

1 Take vehicle on a inclined steep. 2 Lose the cap of the master cylinder with emerergency brakes on. 3 Slowly pump the pedal next morning. 4 Tighten the cap.


Answer by  Jennfier (339)

You should take the tire off and see if the rotor in placed properly, if it is not placed properly, the breaks will not hold.

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