Common Brakes Problems

  1. Rusted Brake Lines

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn't think your rusted brake lines are a big deal. And it took them five long years to reach that salt-in-wound conclusion.

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    We know there's more problems than this. Let us know which one you'd like to see us cover next.

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Where Brakes Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Brakes News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

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    Chevrolet has recalled 460 Bolt EVs to fix leaky front-left brake calipers.

    The automaker believes the calipers weren't cast properly, allowing them to leak during hard stops. Losing brake fluid is never great, but the real concern is that the caliper could eventually fracture and no-one enjoys a sudden loss of braking power.…

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    A lawsuit says a failed vacuum pump in GM’s brake boosters can make the brake pedal extremely hard to push, leading to longer stopping distances and accidents.

    While investigating a rear-end collision involving the lead plaintiff ”GM told her she should read the manual to understand how the brakes worked.” Nothing says “we value our customers” like accusing them of not knowing how brakes work. GM promised to fix the plaintiff’s bumper in exchange for confidentiality. Obviously this didn’t go over well.

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    It’s bad enough to have your truck recalled because the brake pedal might fall off. It gets worse when you find out there’s a good chance your truck wasn’t properly fixed … and the brake pedal still might fall off.

    When a 2015 Silverado that had previously been “repaired” as part of the recall was brought back in for service, it raised a big ole’ red flag.…

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    Excess gas –– we’ve all had it, no-one likes it, and the same holds true for your braking system.

    GM says it needs to bleed the brake systems of 230,000 cars because the vehicles have rear brake caliper pistons that have hydrogen gas trapped inside that could be released into the brake systems. ZF, the manufacturer of the brake pistons, didn't properly temper and chrome-coat the pistons, causing hydrogen gas to remain trapped in the bodies of the pistons.

    This problem may cause your brake pedal to feel “spongy” but it’s unclear if it affects stopping distances.

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    Remember when our parents threatened to stop the car right now in the middle of the highway if we didn't simmer down in the back seat?

    Yeah, the driver assistance system in the 2014 Chevy Impala is kind of like that, but actually acts on it. A 2014 Impala owner is a bit shaken after his car came to multiple screeching halts without ever touching the brakes.

    The worst occurrence was when the car went from 40mph-to-zilch an an instant, making this owner look more like a Hollywood stunt driver than a daily commuter.…