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Chevy Brakes Related Questions

A brake in a vehicle is used to reduce the speed of a vehicle and usually works on a basic hydraulic system. The Chevrolet brakes system usually has consists of a brake pedal, brake boost, master cylinder, apportioning valves and roadwheel brakes. Since any motor part is prone to technical issues, various problems could occur in Chevy brakes leading to questions on how to deal with them. Listed below are a few common questions answered by Experts.

What is the average price one would pay for replacing both the front and back Chevy brake pads and rotors?

The average price of the front Chevrolet brake pads is usually at $67 for the basic quality and goes up or the higher standard ones. The rear brake pads can be purchased for around $61 for the basic one and $145 for a better quality brake pad. The price of the front Chevy brake rotors starts at $65 for the basic quality and goes up for a superior quality. The rear rotors are usually available from $43 to $ 92 depending on whether one wants basic or superior quality. In addition one would need to spend on labor time for replacing the brake pads and rotors, which is dependent on the shop. A reasonable rate for labor could range from $85 to $ 125 per hour and the entire job could take about 2.5 hours.

What could be the problem in a new front right brake caliper, in Chevy brakes, which keeps getting stuck?

This problem may have been caused by an internal collapse in the brake hose. This causes a situation where the brake fluid can move forward to the caliper when one presses the brake pedal but the fluid is unable to move back up towards the master cylinder on release of the pedal. Hence the caliper continues to be in use and gets stuck. Either overheating or contamination of the brake fluid could have caused the collapse in the hose. Replacing the flexible brake hose in the brakes should help address the problem.

How does one replace the rear Chevy brake pads in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche?

One would first need to remove the old rear Chevrolet brake pads before installing the new ones. Check the level of fluid in the brake master cylinder reservoir. If this level is halfway between the maximum and minimum allowable level then there is no need to drain the brake fluid. In case the fluid level is more than half then drain the fluid till it reaches the mid point before doing anything else. Now lift the vehicle and ensure that it is properly supported. Take out the tire and wheel assembly and check the caliper operation. Put in a c-clamp on the caliper and slowly bottom the pistons into the caliper bore. Detach the caliper from the mounting bracket and make sure it is supported with something like a heavy mechanic’s wire. Now remove the brake pads from the bracket and detach the anti-rattle clips as well. To install the new brake pads, first put in the anti-rattle clips on the bracket and secure the new brake pads to the bracket as well. Connect both the inner pad-1 wear and outer pad-2 wear indicators. Reconnect the brake caliper to the mounting bracket and re-install the tire and wheel assembly. After lowering the vehicle, slowly press the brake pedal keeping the engine off till it moves to about two-thirds of its total distance. Then slowly release the pedal, wait for 15 seconds and repeat the process again until one finds that the pedal has become strong. This process will ensure that the brake caliper pistons and brake pads are properly set. Finally ensure the level of the brake fluid is at the correct level in the master cylinder reservoir.

What could be the issue in a Chevrolet where the brake pedals feel very soft?

Such issues in Chevy brakes can be caused by air that is trapped in the brake system. One can rectify this problem by bleeding the brakes starting with the right rear, then left rear, then right front and finally left front brakes. One should get new and clean brake fluid from each bleeder screw. If all the air has been taken out of the brake hydraulic system, then a faulty ABS valve assembly could cause this problem. One can take the help of an Expert to inspect the valve and replace it if necessary.

There are many parts in a brake system such as the brake pads or brake rotors that can develop problems and each would need a specific solution. In such a scenario, it is preferable to get advice from Experts who can provide the correct information and answer any questions that may arise.
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