Brake lights

So i have a '95 chevy suburban, and it has a few issues. at the moment, the biggest issue is my brake lights. Basically, when the vehicle is in accessory and i depress the brake peddle, my brake lights come on, YAY! but when i have the vehicle running and i depress the brake peddle, the 15 A fuse blows and the lights go out. now i have a schematic diagram for the whole vehicle (in parts), but im still trying having a hard time finding where my problem is. im sure there is a short somewhere but it is just all really confusing to me. thanks much in advance. note: night time lights work as well as all turn signals. 

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Bike Disc Brakes

I have the Trek 4300. now i was too cheap to buy it with the disc brakes, but after 2 year i realized i would like them. So do i have to buy new tires, and brake lines, and levers. Or do i just have to hook up a disc brake to the brake cables?? How much would this upgrade cost me?

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should the brake fluid be changed with replacement of brake disk?

Should brake fluid be replaced after certain time

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back tires wont turn on my 1984 chevrolet camaro?

I tried to move my 1984 camaro after it had been sitting for awhile and the back tires wont move. i have been told that maybe the brake is stuck. any other input on what it might be or instruction on how to get the brake unstuck? PLEASE HELP! ANYONE?!

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device that applies braking force proportional to speed?

Hi, I'm helping a team of students make a brake-assist device for a two-wheeled walker.  We were wondering if there are mechanical brakes out there that apply a force proportional to the speed.  A circular damper, is how we would describe it, I think.  Or something like a gas shock (the things on screen doors and car trunks) but with a circular motion rather than a linear stroke.  Anyone have any ideas?  Anything that's commercially available, small, and somewhat inexpensive is fair game.  Bonus points for things that can be made by hand..  Thanks!

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How do I convert an Electromagnetic brake or lock?

Hi Everyone, I've been searching for a small (20 to 30mm Dia) disc shaped EM lock for a project I'm working on but can't find any. This type of lock's function, where when the electrical power is turned on the magnet activates, attracting a pin or plate, is what I need it to do but I can't find them small and flat enough. I then found some 24V EM brakes for a "Duplicator" (copy machine?) on Ebay where the size may be ok but if they were flatter it would be better. From what I understand these work the opposite way. The brake pad is normally engaged ("locked") to the hub by a spring, then when electrical power is turned on, the brake pad separates from the hub allowing it to rotate. Is this correct? Would it be possible to convert the brake into a lock merely by reversing the wiring or would I need to reverse the direction of the winding? Would that work to then attract a plate when it is turned on? Also, how much could I reduce the voltage and have it still attract a metal plate with a decent strength - say from 1/4" away? Thanks for you help! :)

Topic by Bretina 


I need to put rear brakes on an adult trike. Any help?

I purchased an old three wheel bicycle from a local secondhand store. It's in great shape, except the fact that it is lacking rear brakes. I haven't had any success in searching for plans, so I was wondering if anyone had an idea or (better yet) previous experience with rear brakes on a trike. I was hoping for a great way to run both rear brakes from a single brake level on the handlebar, and there aren't any forks around the rear tires to attach brakes to, so I guess I could use some help there as well. The rear conversion kit looks similar to the one here. It's a small picture, but it's the only accurate one I could find. Any help would be amazing. Thanks in advance.

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HELP! Please help me in creating this Programmable LED Matrix Brake Light

I don't know if this is the right place to post this forum, but admins if I'm wrong please redirect me to the right area. After long years of research, i would like to recreate this for my own. Can you help me in reconstructing this Brake Light? Here is a video of how I would like to achieve this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPLCcK83Btw Thanks in advance for all of your help.

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Voltage regulator for trailer brakes

Im planning on building a motorized trailer dolly for my travel trailer, however i want to make a dead mans switch for the trailer brakes.  I was wondering if I took apart an old cordless drill if I could use the trigger as a voltage regulator to regulate the voltage to the trailer brake system.  Without getting into specifics of how it will connect to the regulator, I figure I would have like a bike brake handle that while applied the trailer brakes would be off, but if released that the trailer brakes would be applied incase the trailer started to roll away from you. Any suggestions other than "Go buy a trailer brake controller" would be appreciated! :)

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12v brake and tail lights?

I'm trying to build a brake/tail light out of LED's for my motorcycle. How do I make the red brake lights brighter than my red tail lights? I'm using 3mm 12v (resister pre wired by supplier) and/ or have similar 10mm lights available too.

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LED shoe Brake light

I wanted to make LED 'brake lights' one for each shoe that light up when you stop walking but it needs to not trigger when you step when walking only when you stop, how would I do this?

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Regen Braking Motor Controller

Good morning.... Quick question regarding motor controllers with the facility of regen braking..... For a project of mine I am creating an EV (with a dune buggy chassis), which needs a system to recharge the batteries when been driven or 'towed' by an external force. I've been looking at a 4QD motor controller, which has the regen braking system already built in. My idea is to use the back EMF to charge the batteries. This in theory is quite similar to regen braking, having done a bit of research, and also with some info from the 4QD site itself. I know that if the back EMF is to great, I risk damaging the motor controller. But if there was a way to regulate the back EMF (either by controlling the speed it is been externally driven or with use of electronic circuitry), could I essentially recharge the batteries using this motor controller???! Thanks in advance, Dave

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Electric bike band brakes.

Hi all. A few weeks ago I asked on here about batteries for my bike and got some very useful input, as a result I bought a set of batteries from great dealer who was not only able to supply batteries matched to my bike but also gave me a remarkably decent discount and delivered them in two days, they cost me almost £40.00 less than the ones I bought a few years ago and the bike is now running better than ever. I now have another problem I'm hoping to get some help with, the rear brake on my bike is a band brake which I suspect has not been changed since the bike was new, it still works but not nearly as well as it should so it's time to replace it with a new one. When I rang the importer and sole stockists of these bikes in the UK about some other replacement parts a few months ago I asked about a replacement brake and they are asking the outrageous sum of £38.00 plus VAT and shipping for one meaning I would be paying out around £57.00. I know these brakes are quite common so had a hunt around the web and I have found quite a few with prices ranging from £5.00 to £19.00 but have some questions about size. The casing of the brake on my bike around the drum is around 4 1/2" diameter I have found various sizes available some smaller some larger but looking at the way it is mounted it seems to me that I could use pretty much any size I wanted providing the pitch between the two holes used to mount the drum on the wheel is the same, unfortunately none of the brakes I have found gives details like this. Does anyone know about these type of brakes and if the mounting holes are the same standard pitch on all the sizes of drum? if so would I be correct in thinking I could mount any size brake I wished? if I can I would be tempted to increase the braking power by fitting a larger one than it currently has. Thanks in advance for your help. NG.

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Should I use the front or back brake for my bmx bike? Answered

I have a bike thats been laying in someone's backyard for a few years and I'm trying to refurbish it and make it nice with a new paint job and some new parts. I'm going to take one of the brakes out. Should it be the front or the back brake? If I take out the back brake there will be a slight problem. You see something is wrong with it and the handle is stuck. I can't even squeeze the brake handle. A little help please!!! 

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Saw blade spins way too long after the cut.

Do most power tools (such as Drill Press, Circular Saw, Table Saw, Router, Compound Miter Saw, Disc Sander), come with built in "brake" mechanism which will help slow the tool down once the energy is cut off?  My Compound Miter had a functioning brake that later stopped working.  I have very hit and miss experience with this.  Some do sometimes, and others never do at all.  OK, My tools aren't high end makes. My brands lean more toward the Chinese vs the Swiss.  Waiting on the tool to spin down to stop tests my patience. Perhaps there is something simple I cound modify to enable a reasonable brake function. (I'm hoping to do a tweak as opposed to taking metal to smelter and starting over) Any thoughts?  Any help is Greatly appreaciated!  BOB Z

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DiY Led Wiring in brake lights

I just got on the site and love it, because I love to make my own stuff as well as learn but anyways.. UPDATE: I got 50, 5mm LEDS wired and working in my taillights. The results are so good so far. Thanks for any help.

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Can someone help me please? What LED and Resistors to use for 12v tail & brake lights?

Running Volts Between 13.5 - 14.5 V. What led's 5mm or 10mm Super bright. White led's give a yellow glow through the red lens, the red led's look fine. How many led's for park, tail and flasher lights? Need for driver? Suggestion's please Thank you Piet 

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disc/disk brake squeal rear brake? Answered

After a rainy day riding my bike, i had wiped it down and forgot the rear brake and now it squeals when I try to use it. More like an elephant noise. Help please!

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Can I turn a cantilever brake bike into a disc brake bike?

I want to put disc brakes onto my bike because my other brakes are going bad. Disc brakes are also more effective at stopping you in bad weather.

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How make the brakes of Fat Bike?

I want build the Extreme Fat Bike. I have a problem in Brakes. How to makes the Brake of Exreme Fat Bike and how they fix?

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how to disk brakes on mower transaxle?

Transaxle: dana spicer model 2000 out of older pan frame murray need brakes so i can race

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Disconnecting brake cables from a bicycle. Answered

I've been trying to remove these old cables without cutting them. Instead of just cutting them off, I'd like to know how to remove them. The brakes are the old style, cantilever (looks like the dual pull type). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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drum brakes locked on 96 f150 what is wrong?

The rear brakes locked up this morning, wouldn't back, but would go forward.

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How To Prevent Brakes From Being Stolen?

I just had both set of brakes stolen off my mountain bike. Cost me about $80 to have them replaced. Is there any way I can lock the brakes to the bike so they can't be stolen again?

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Changing brakes on an '06/'07ford freestar, how do we push the cylinder back in? Answered

We bent a cast iron pipe clamp trying to push the brake cylinder back in, it didn't budge.

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My bicycle's mechanical disk brakes are failing! Answered

My rear disk brake is in a sad state.  I squeeze the rear brake lever as hard as I can, yet, my stopping power is nil.  I wiped down the rotor with rubbing alcohol, but to no avail. It might also be relevant that I ride frequently in snow and slush, and also in dusty areas. The bike is the Specialized ''Rockhopper," 2009 edition, with about 450-550 miles put on it. What can I do to fix  the brake so that I won't have to rely on the front brake?

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how do mountain board brakes work?

I want to get a mountain board, and make a new type of long board. I would like to put brakes from a mountain board onto the new long board. Do they work just like bike brakes? Help?

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how do i change brakes for a 95 esscort?

I need instructions to change the brakes in a 95 esscort

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Instructable on how to adjust/align bicycle caliper brakes?

Does anyone have (or could easily post or direct me to) an Instructable on adjusting old-style caliper brakes (the kind with two arms on a central sprung pivot)? I found Bicycle Tutor's video on cantilever brakes, but nothing for my specific need. Google came up with mostly cantilever-brake stuff, and the few caliper-brake Web pages were not very clear.

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has anyone made a convertion ible?

I need a convertion one for v brakes to disc brakes for a brake. if nobody has then make one please.

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Help me fix my wheel? Answered

 Okay, so awhile ago I slid my bike on a wet bike trail... (Thats what I get for turning fast after it rained...) And ever since, the back wheel wobbles and rubs against my brake so that I can't ride it... The wheel didn't get moved when I crashed, the nuts are still tight on the axle, and the brake is aligned right. How do I fix this?? Oh also since it wobbles the chain slips too... I would prefer not to buy a new wheel.

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i need new brakes for my mongoose where should i get them? ?

The back brake right side snapped what do i do   

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Why doesn't it save the line brakes (pressing enter) in the "about-me zone" on my instructables account?

Why doesn't it save the line brakes (pressing enter) in the "about-me zone" on my instructables account?

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Difference between V and Canti brake levers? Answered

 Hello, I know why a cantilever brake lever cannot be used with a V type brake and vice-versa and thought that I could tell the different types just by looking at the the lever. I thought that if the lever has a tag like the first picture, for the nipple to sit in, then it is for a V brake... and if the nipple goes directly in, like the second picture, then it is for a cantilever. Is this always the case? Is that correct? I'm not so sure now. Is there a definitive way of telling at a glance or by measuring, what type of lever I have. I can't seem to find the answer by googling around. Thank You.

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I'm replacing my rusting out brake lines on my "93 Toyota 4x4. Is there such a thing as flexible copper brake lines ? Answered

My 1993 Toyota 4x4 is rusting out under the frame area! Flaking everywhere. Now my fuel and brake lines are rotting out too. I am slowly replacing the leaky lines, but its messy and time consuming. The standard steel lines don't bend easily, unless you have a bending tool. Is there such a thing as flexible copper brake line tubing? If so where can I get some?

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Can someone post an instructable for a sheet metal brake made of wood?

Many sheet metal brakes were made of wood. I would like to know if someone knows how to make one.

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led running brake light circuit for motorcycle?

i want to add 5 LEDs wired for 12 volt in parallel to my motorcycle running lights. then when brake is pressed they will light up brighter. i think i need to add a resistor to each input ( brake and running light wire) to drop voltage down. maybe 9 volts for running lights (which would be on all of the time) and another 3 or 4 volts for the brake light so added to 12 to 13 volts for bright brake lights. any ideas how do i do this and what size resistor i should use or am i looking at this wrong? 

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Ran Honda with E brake on (new driver)? Answered

Oops! Just got home today from school and realized that I drove home with the E brake on (around 10 miles). Should I be worried about this? Its mostly 35mph the way home, with 55 for around 3 miles. I noticed no burning rubber smell or anything that would indicate burning (but the windows were closed). I have done this occasionally on the driveway, but usually notice. The car is a Handa Civic, 2003 I think.

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Help With Sequential LED 3rd Brake Light.

I am looking for a way to make sequential third brake light on my truck. The light has 28 LED's total, 14 columns, 2 rows. I would like to make it so when I hit the brakes the light starts from the center and moves outward sequentially from the center, but i want them to stay on once they have been light, not just flash.  This is the order i would like them to light 76543211234567 76543211234567 I have a pic programmer and an Arduino Uno. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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Neopixel motorcycle brake light and turn signals

Hello all,  i am planning to use a string of 144/m Neopixel RGB strip as a rear light unit for my upcoming motorcycle project. the idea is to have the lights work as rear running light, brake light, indicators and emergency indicators. so far i figured that i would need: - Arduino Nano(didn't want to use a a big micro controller, need to fit under a thin seat) - Water tight container to house the Arduino(also not to big) - Grommet to run the wires safely and dry in and out of the Arduino container - 1M Neopixel 144/m RGB  - Various wires - Clear 3/4" width PVC tube - Some Arduino programming knowledge i was planning to use the running power source from the motorcycle to power everything, which is 12v, now if i am correct the Arduino nano can take the 12v no problem, i am wondering if i power the Neopixels through the nano if i would need a power converter to switch the output to 5v from 12v. also i am not sure how the whole analog switching to digital signalling would work, so if any of you more experienced with Arduino people have any ideas or suggestion it would be much appreciated! Cheers Mimizuku.

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Feasibility of an eddy current difficulty brake on a tricycle.

Hello all,  I'm a biomedical engineering student in Canada, and I'm working with a doctor to develop a training tricycle for children with cerebral palsy. One of the issues we'd like to solve is that since the tricycles are not geared, some children are simply too good at pedalling on flat surfaces and don't get the necessary muscular workout in their legs from pedalling.  We'd like to add some sort of difficulty setting to the rear wheels of the tricycle (the front wheel is occupied by a locking mechanism we designed) to make pedalling a little more challenging for some kids. I considered using a friction system but the idea of adjusting tension in two breaks simultaneously and the frequent pad replacements doesn't appeal to me.  I recently thought of using eddy currents to slow the rear wheels. This would be extremely convenient because we could control the eddy currents in function of the child's strength to give them each a personalised workout. My questions are : Do you think it's feasible to use eddy currents to adjust the difficulty of pedalling a tricycle by slowing the rear wheels? Could an electromagnetic system be used with a sufficiently large battery to allow a child to ride throughout a day? Would a system with swapable permanent magnets be more efficient (similar to a power tool)? Would an eddy brake system produce excessive heat that could in turn harm the child?  Thank you for all your help as I'm not an electrical engineer. 

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Help needed with flashing brake light microcontroller

Hi All New here and hope you can help me out. I am a biker in south africa and would like to put together an aditional brake light that flashed 4 times then go solid. Microcontroller will most likely be the easiest and have design one as follows. (the coding has been done) LED's to be used is 20mA at 2.2V My concern is that for the amount of LED"S (100) i want to use 1amp is not enough and therefore i am using a LM7810 to drop the voltage from 12V to 5V with a cap to increase the 1A output to 5A I wish to wire the LED's in parralel si if one pop's then it wont affect the rest of the LED's. Must i therefore still wire a resistor in front of every LED? (180ohm?) or can i wire in this LED before the LED matrix to give it a 2.2-2.3V throughout the LED matrix? Here is my design : http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/design_zps52f754cf.png 2nd EDIT : How about this? reworked the design a bit? Then i drop the 12v down to 2.5V needed for the LED's and no resistors needed? I also opped for the LM350 due to the higher amps it can handle http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/Untitled_zpsc9900901.png 3rd update: Now using super bright LED's with a rating of 2V and therfore will use row of 6 in series to give 12V...still need resistors when connecting the 6 banks of 6 LED each in parralel? http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg156/HannesNel/Untitled_zps684a2209.png

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Car became unresponsible while driving? Brakes unresponsible, motor on, but powerless, few dashboard lights on.

Hi. I own a Hyundai i10 2013. The problem had happened twice, seems to be under the same conditions. I was driving in a decent highway, in neutral speed. Suddenly, the lights: oil, brake, sterring and alternator on the dashboard got on. The engine was working but if I tried to accelerate it did seems that it loose all power, brakes were unresponsible, like when the motor is off and you try to break. My only way to brake was the handbrake. Sterring (don't remember well... due panic!) was working normally. I did power off the car once and the problem continue, power back off and on and everything came back on normally. Second time, same thing happened, this time I was not in panic, I was able to see the dashboard again and the same lights were on. Motor on but without power. Brakes not working, only hand brake. This time, the problem disappeared without power off/on the car. difference in time was around couple of months between failures. I did connect a scanner to the car's computer and ran diagnostics many times, no luck, no errors. I think I must do this while the failure! Not sure where start looking. Dealer ussusally finds nothing. No similar cases on the web. I don't want this to happen again, specially if my wife is driving with my childres. Can somebody help?!!!

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How can I build a brake (not cantilever type) quickly and simply for a soapbox car?

There's a derby goin on. I need to make a brake for my car. I don't know very clearly how.

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Without using a microcontroller how would you flash an LED 10 times in 1 second and then stay lit thereafter? Answered

 Assumes only 1 physical input.  I am trying to mimic a brake light flasher where the driver presses on the brakes and the brake light quickly flashes for 1 second or so and then just goes to solid.  Thanks,

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Is there a way to restore bike disk brakes that have had oil on them, without replacing the pads and torching the disks?

When oiling my bike the other week, I managed to get oil on the disk brakes. I've tried cleaning them with detergent, and even boiling the pads (apparently this gets the oil out), but have had only very limited success. I was told that the only way to get the brakes back to their previous condition was to replace the pads, and get the disks torched (i.e. with a blowtorch), to burn off the oil. Is this true, or is there another way? (Preferably more DIY / requiring less replacement parts)

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