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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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Why Are My Car Brakes Making Noise?

Unusual noise coming from your brakes is a warning that one of your car's most critical safety systems is malfunctioning....


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Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake squeal is a common problem often caused by worn brake hardware, pads, or rotor finish. But are squeaky brakes...


Top Bad Brake Booster Symptoms

Knowing the most common bad brake booster symptoms gives you early warning that the safety of your vehicle is at...

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...

Best Tools for Flaring Brake Lines

The proper tools make the difference when flaring brake lines. Make sure you have the right ones on hand to...


The Source of Most Disc Brake Problems

Become familiar with problems that arise in disc brakes, how they affect your ability to safely operate your vehicle, and...


How Often Should You Change Your Brake Pads?

Determining how often you should change your brake pads is not rocket science. Your ears will provide the answer if...


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Brake Caliper Paint Pointers

Brake caliper paint does not affect performance, but it does affect the appearance of a vehicle with expensive rims. 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...


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Causes and DIY Fixes for Smoking Brakes

What does it mean when your brakes are smoking? Learn the causes and DIY fixes for smoking brakes along with...


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