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Why Is There a Hissing Noise When I Brake?

Jun 16, 2021

Inform yourself about what’s causing that hissing noise when braking your car, truck, or SUV, and what you can and should do to stop that hissing noise.


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Brakes

Why Is There a Hissing Noise When I Brake?

Jun 16, 2021

Inform yourself about what’s causing that hissing noise when braking your car, truck, or SUV, and what you can and should do to stop that hissing noise.


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Brakes

4 Reasons to Think Twice Before Changing Your Brake Pads at Home

Apr 5, 2021

Thinking of changing your brake pads yourself at home? You may want to think again! Learn how replacing brake pads is more complicated than you might think.


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Brakes

4 Things That Can Happen When You Drive With Worn Brakes

Oct 19, 2020
Driving with worn brakes can be annoying. But there's more to it than the annoying squeal! Here are 4 things that can happen when you drive with worn brakes.

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Brakes

New Brakes Squeaking? What You Should Know

Sep 7, 2020
New brake pads, new brake squealing? Learn when new brake noise is normal and when it might be cause for concern with info from Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Brakes

How to Help Your Car Brake Smoothly

Jul 27, 2020
Learning how to brake smoothly isn't just a way to practice safe driving. It's also a great way to keep your car's braking system from wearing out too soon.

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Brakes

What Are Brake Shoes & How Are They Different From Pads

Jun 22, 2020
You may have heard the terms "brake shoes" and "brake pads," but did you know they aren't the same? Learn what brake shoes are and how they differ from pads.

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Brakes

Why Are My Brake Pads Only Wearing on One Side?

May 18, 2020
Have your brakes fallen victim to uneven wear? Find out some possible causes for brakes only wearing on one side and how Firestone Complete Auto Care can help!

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Brakes

What Does Brake Fluid Do?

Apr 21, 2020
Your car's brake fluid makes sure that a little push goes a long way. Learn why brake fluid is so important to your safety and what can cause brake fluid leaks.

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Brakes

Why Are My Brakes Grinding?

Mar 25, 2020
Grinding brake noises are scary! But what's making that grinding noise, and is it really as bad as it sounds? Here's why brakes grind and what to do about it!

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Brakes

4 Cold Weather Brake Problems to Watch Out For

Oct 28, 2019
Dashing through the snow in a four-door sleigh? No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, watching for these cold weather brake problems can help you stay safe.

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Brakes

Why Is There a Burning Smell From My Brakes

Sep 23, 2019
Stop and smell...your brakes? If you catch a whiff of burning brakes, it could be due to overheated brake pads, new brake parts, or a forgotten parking brake.

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What Do Brakes Sound Like?
Brakes,Videos

What Do Brakes Sound Like?

Aug 12, 2019
What do your brakes sound like when it's time to change the pads? Kind of like a squealing pig. When you hear that sound, it's time for new pads.

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Brakes,Videos

Ted Talks Brakes

Aug 9, 2019
If you're hearing grinding noises or feeling pulsations when you brake, it might be time to come into a Firestone Complete Auto Care to get them checked.

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What Happens When You Slam on the Brakes
Brakes

What Happens When You Slam on the Brakes

May 20, 2019
Car! Traffic! Bambi? There are many reasons to slam on the brakes, but making it a habit could hurt your car. Learn what happens when you slam the brakes.

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Can Brakes Overheat?
Brakes

Can Brakes Overheat?

Apr 12, 2019
Brake problems make it hard to stop. Thankfully, many are easy to smell or feel! Learn what to do when brakes overheat, with Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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What Does a Free Brake Inspection Include?
Brakes

What Does a Free Brake Inspection Include?

Mar 25, 2019
You shouldn't have to spend a pretty penny to stop on a dime. Learn more about what's involved in a free brake inspection at Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Brakes

Myth vs. Fact: Are All Brake Noises Bad?

Mar 1, 2019
Screeching to a stop at every turn? You may (or may not) have a problem. Learn about common brake noises that are temporary with Firestone Complete Auto Care

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Brakes

How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

Aug 22, 2018
How long do brake pads last? The answer to that question depends on your braking habits, driving style, and car. Learn more, from Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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When It’s Time to Check Your Brake Rotors
Brakes

This V.I.B.E. Means It’s Time to Check Your Brake Rotors

Jun 28, 2018
Do I need new rotors? You might. Watch and listen for these four signs its time to replace your brake rotors and visit your local Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Help! My Parking Brake Is Stuck!
Brakes

Help! My Parking Brake's Stuck

Oct 23, 2017
Firestone Complete Auto Care can help! Learn how you may be able to solve for (and avoid) the most common culprits of a stuck parking brake.

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Brakes

Get to the Bottom of Your Spongy Brake Problem

Sep 25, 2017

Soft brakes make safe driving hard. Find out how to tell if your brakes are "soft" and what could be behind this change in braking performance.


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Brakes

Brake for Safety: When to Change Your Brake Fluid

Aug 20, 2017
Brake fluid can need replacing too, though not as often as motor oil. Learn when you may be due for a brake fluid flush, from Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Brakes

Why Do I Have Squeaky Brakes?

Jul 17, 2017
Ouch! Do your brakes sound like nails on a chalkboard? Find out why you may have squeaky, noisy brakes and what might bring the racket to a stop!

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When to Use Your Parking Brake
Brakes

When To Use Your Parking Brake

Jun 12, 2017
Learn why your parking brake is so essential to your safety & that of your vehicle, plus when to use your parking brake, from Firestone Complete Auto Care!

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Brakes

Basic Brake Maintenance: 3 Simple Steps to Check Brake Fluid

Apr 24, 2017
Learn how to check your brake fluid level, plus when it may be time to stop by Firestone Complete Auto Care for a brake service, fluid change, or repair.

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Brakes

Why Is My Brake Light On?

Mar 27, 2017
Ignoring your dashboard brake light could prove dangerous! Learn why it may be on and what to do, from Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Brakes,Driving

What To Do When Your Steering Wheel Shakes When Braking

Mar 20, 2017
Here's why your steering wheel could be shaking when you brake and how you can put a stop to it with a little help from Firestone Complete Auto Care!

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Brakes

How Does An Anti-Lock Brake System Work & What Does It Do?

Mar 14, 2017
Anti-lock brakes help stop your car, fast. Learn how ABS works, what it does & how it improves your safety on the road, from Firestone Complete Auto Care.

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Brakes

Everything You Need to Know About Brake Pads

Mar 13, 2017
Learn more about your car's brake pads, how they work, and when it may be time to stop by Firestone Complete Auto Care for a free brake inspection!

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Firestone Complete Auto Care technician's red gloved hands performing a brake repair service
Brakes

5 Brake Myths—Busted!

Nov 28, 2016
Learn more about your car's brakes and get answers to common brake misconceptions related to braking time, brake noises, pads, temperature, and more!

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Woman in red pants pulling parking brake in car after brake failure
Brakes

How to Stop Safely When Your Brakes Fail (And Signs They're On Their Way Out)

Aug 31, 2016
Learn three important signs that could mean your brakes are failing, plus how to navigate to safety if they do!

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Firestone technician working on a brake pad
Brakes

Firestone Technicians: The Experts in Brake Repair

Aug 22, 2016
Wondering what makes Firestone Complete Auto Care's technicians experts in handling all of your brake needs? Read on to learn about our techs' certifications.

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brake-fluid
Brakes

Everything You Need To Know About Brake Fluid

Aug 22, 2016
Learn how brake fluid helps to make sure your brake system works at optimal levels.

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New or resurfaced rotors with every brake service at Firestone Complete Auto Care
Brakes

Brake Service at Firestone Complete Auto Care

Aug 22, 2016
Find out exactly what to expect when you bring your car or truck to Firestone Complete Auto Care for brake service.

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Brakes

Know the Signs & Stay Ahead of Brake Problems

Aug 22, 2016
Experiencing a noise from your brakes or rotors and not sure what it is? Learn about some common brake problems to help you decide if you need brake service.

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Worn out & corroded brakes mean it’s time for brake repair
Brakes,FAQs

Everything You Need to Know About Brakes

Aug 22, 2016
Get to know your car's brakes. Find out how your brake pads, calipers, rotors, and other parts work to make your car stop when you need it to.

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