Question about 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24

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Do I need brake fluid or a major fix?

Just a few hours ago as I was driving I was cut off out of nowhere and slammed on the breaks harder than I have in my whole life. I came an inch away from an accident. My breaks were working perfectly before this happened, now when I step on them they go pretty much to the ground and feel soft and like they are barely even braking. my break light came on which I didn't even know I had. It says Break P I. Does this sound like I just need break fluid or something serious could have occurred? Thanks

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More Serious--- like rusted out brake tubing
needs to be replaced or you blew out a flex hose
Nothing to do with the event of a sudden stop
That car is so old you need lots of restoration
work i would guess, just to be safe to use
May be a good time to part with it

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Testimonial: "the car is in very good condition for its age. I got a tune up recently. ive never had any problems with my breaks. the second this happened the brake light came on and they go to the floor.it seems like this happened because of the stop. it was a very very close accident."

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sounds like your brake cable has broken or there is something damaged in the pedal assembly.........try pulling on the release handle and move the e-brake pedal back to its off position by hand at the same time.(you may have to tie it in this position to keep it up)If that doesnt work there is a sensor on the pedal assembly that you should be able to bypass by either disconecting the wire(1 wire system) or connecting the two wires together (2 wire system)Especially if your truck is a standard the e-brake is an important safety feature,so if these steps fix the light and dinging problem you should still take the steps to have it repaired.
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SOURCE: 2002 tahoe breaks lock up during driving

It sounds like the rear calipers are bad. Raise the rear wheels and see if you can turn the tires. If you can't, open the bleeder. If you still can't replace the caliper. If you can turn the wheel after you open the bleeder, replace the brake hose to that wheel.

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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On your parking brake assembly is a single wire switch. You can unplug it, but you will have to remember not to drive with it set. To replace the switch the whole assembly will have to come out. The switch is about $20 and labor should run about two hours. Good Luck

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SOURCE: ABS brakes grunt, groan noise with brake pedal travel.

Joe it is common for the brakes to moan when they wear down and sometimes they will squeak, try replacing the front pads and lubing the shafts on the calipers install anti squeal on the back of the pads, the ABS device would not cause noise as they are just a ring with a magnet and the reluctor ring spins and the magnet detects the spinning of the reluctor ring, they don't even touch and are stationary in place where they are mounted. There is a possibility that the brake fluid is dirty and could cause the abs motor to groan but you would just have to flush the system, When you don't put your foot in it on the brakes it will make some noise even new, I have a 2008 ford ranger that makes the same noise and the brakes are fine. You will have to adjust your braking habits to stop the noise. You can change the pads and that will help but not for long, be sure when you are operating your brakes press firmly on the pedal until you stop. If the brakes make noise after you let up on the pedal then the caliper parts need to be cleaned and lubed, however it is not a safety issue.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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When there is such a feeling, it is the brakes that needs total replacement.

Also you might have to check the master brakes for any leaks. And you need to check the bushing rubbers on the steering rack too.

Be careful and fix this on time.

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