2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 Brakes and Lights PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

I replaced my brake booster with a NAPA rebuilt part and did the fluid bleeding. Could you please tell me why the ABS light comes on in my 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 when I make a right curve turn?

Also, I feel the brake pedal jiggle when applying the brakes (medium hard) on a right turn but no jiggle when braking on the left turn.

Thanks in advance,


Dear Dave,

I love assisting with an issue to do with one of my favorite vehicles… Jeep!

You need to first take it in to the Jeep dealer or your trusted local mechanic in order to have it hooked up to see which codes are being displayed. I would really have to drive your Jeep in order to diagnose your brake pedal issue.

You may be dealing with an unsafe issue here, so the quicker that you can get it in to your dealer, the better!

I would be intrigued to know what your Jeep dealer says your troubling/interesting problem is that is plaguing you and your Jeep!

Thanks for writing in!

Brakes Stopping Rough PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

I had just replaced my front wheel bearings on my car, but I am still having some shaking in my front end when I apply my breaks. What do you think?



Dear Kenneth,

It sounds like to me that your calipers are grabbing as you are applying the brakes. Basically they are applying the pressure of the brake pads to the rotors/drums but then not immediately releasing that pressure, hence the vibration/shaking. You may also have ridges worn into your rotors/drums.

Thanks for writing in,

2002 Ford Windstar Knocking Brakes PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

I have a 2002 Ford Windstar with 89,000 miles.

While driving and not using the brakes there is no noise. A partial application of the brake causes a definite knocking sound. This sound appears to be coming from the right front wheel.

When you apply a full application of the brake, the sound goes away. I had front brakes installed several years ago. The dealer suggested it was the wheel covers making the noise, but when I removed the wheel covers, the sound is still there. The dealer has checked the front end and has assured me all is okay, but has no suggestion what could cause the knocking sound other than the hubcaps.

I would appreciate any insight as to what may be causing this problem.


Dear John,

It could possibly be a warped brake rotor causing the pad to move a lot even though you may or may not feel the shake, it is very possible. Try going to a local “non-dealership” mechanic and have him or her check out your situation. I bet they get to the bottom of it.

Thanks for writing in,

2001 Buick LeSabre Moaning Brakes PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,

Periodically through the years the brakes on my 2001 Buick LaSabre make moaning sounds. Later on, everything is fine. This happened all afternoon around town Saturday and since then no sounds and everything is normal.

My mechanics have checked and have not been able to find any answer.

Thanks Bettye

Dear Bettye,

Your brake pads may have some hard spots or high metallic spots in them causing the odd noises so when they wear a bit the noise can disappear as soon as it can start.

Thanks for writing in,


2007 Ford Freestyle AWD Brake Change Question PDF Print E-mail

Dear Barbara,


I have a 2007 Ford Freestyle AWD with just over 29,000 miles.  I took it to the dealer for an oil change and tire rotation.  I was told I needed front and rear brakes replaced, all pads replaced and all rotors machined. I've been driving cars since the early fifties and never, ever had brake problems with this few miles on a car.  This didn't cost me since it fell under warranty.  The dealer told me that this work will need to be done again before the next 30,000 miles. (I'll be out of warranty then). How can this be, is there anything I can do to minimize this? Is the dealer trying to do work that may not be needed?  I did not receive a notice from Ford if this is a weakness in the brake system on this car. Any suggestion? Thanks, I enjoy your articles in the Houston Chronicle.





Dear Tracy,


The dealerships like to change the brakes before they are actually due.  This will prevent you from finding out that they were due while out on a vacation or something along those lines. 

If they are over half the way worn out then they will typically suggest changing them.

If you like to get every bit of use out of them then I would suggest having your local trusted mechanic monitor the brakes for you and make sure that you get them replaced before they do any further damage.


Thanks for writing in and enjoying my Houston Chronicle articles.  I can not believe I am going on my fourth year with the Chronicle.  I absolutely adore all of the amazing people at the Chronicle and its readers.



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