Brake lights in front of you flash suddenly, and for no discernible reason. You mash the brake pedal to avoid rear-ending a driver who must have suddenly remembered leaving the stove on. Your car stops, but yoru’ve swerved well into the adjacent lane, where, fortunately, an alert driver slowed and pulled over to give you some clearance. Too close. Your panic braking attempt should have had two different results: Your car should have slowed more rapidly, and should have tracked in a straight line as it slowed. There’s obviously something wrong.
Now what? This Instructable will help you service faulty front break calipers. Try these repairs yourself, save money, and stay safe!
This project was originally published in the January 2001 issue of Popular Mechanics
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