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Brakes going lower than usual when I brake

My brake usually goes only a little before actually stopping but now only sometimes it goes down all the way to the floor and then I have to ease up off the brakes and then brake again.

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It is impossible to fully answer your question, since you failed to specify the YEAR, MAKE, and MODEL of your vehicle, however the symptom you describe is potentially VERY DANGEROUS (as are all brake issues), and could be one of three things:
  1. Failed or failing ABS unit (most likely);
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My 2000 Dodge caravan's brakes are screeching after I changed them. Its only been 2 months since I changed them and its becoming very annoying. Changed the brakes and brake pads.

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Sometimes when I come to a stop my rpm gauges will rev up and down sort of violently to the point where the car dies completely. If I let go of the brake just a little it usually stops it from stalling....

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My car makes this horrible grinding/rubbing WHAAARRR noise sometimes lately when i come to a complete stop. and also sometime when i start. i am not stopping short or starting fast. when this happens when...

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I it is usually the brake shoe adjusters at the rear.

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To adjust them you can hold your foot hard down on the brake pedal and wrech up the park brake lever a few times

Manual adjust
Drums off and wind the adjuster cog to increase the diametre of the shoes, don't get carried away thow or the drum wont go back on



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