Question about 1989 Nissan Pathfinder
Two days ago I was driving in the pouring rain. I came up to a light to make a left turn that was a green arrow for me. Some guy across from me ran a red light which in return caused me to slam on my brakes. I then slid right through the red light when my intentions were to turn left on the green arrow. Anyways, now since that happened it seems like when I press on the brakes there is a brick or something stuck underneath the brake preventing it from breaking all the way. Now if I want to stop on a dime, there is no possible way. When I try to press ******* the brakes when going about 30 mph or so, it starts to slide once again in perfectly dry weather. Its as if they lock up or something.
I called around and some guy told me it could be a power-booster. He said those tend to run at least $400 for a domestic vehicle and even more for a foreign car like a Nissan. Not sure if he is just looking to make some money for his business or if he was being help full.
My brother Steve is a genius when it comes to computers, but not so much with cars. He told me I should just try this site first and see if I get any advice.
I am broke working two jobs with three kids. I am trying to find someone I can take it into that would give me an honest answer and not try to charge me for something I don't need because I know nothing about cars. I just hope it is not one of those power-booster things. Because I am not sure If I would ba able to come up with $500 or more anytime soon.
If anyone has had this problem or has any idea on what might cause this. I would be so great full. Please do provide any advice you might have.
If you can lock up the brakes its probley not the booster look in the paper and find a shop that offers a free brake inspection like precision tune auto care or firestone you have to find someone you can trust so go to a pro good luck
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
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