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It may look like a car that was never removed from the box it came in, but the Honda Element isn’t boxy when it comes to the brakes. Based on the CR-V platform, there is also nothing tricky when it comes to service. But, its brake system is hardware...

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The Changing Maintenance Market: New Technologies Mean More Opportunities

Most of us wake up each morning, not ­realizing that our professional world has changed even as we slept. Our first job of the day is to service a ­vehicle equipped with an oil life monitor. Not only do we discover that modern oil life monitors can...

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Converter Codes: How Long Will the Light Stay Out?

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Maintaining Your Spray Guns

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Wheel Bearing Adjustment Tools & Equipment

A recent survey showed that more than half of the bearings on the road today are adjusted incorrectly. A wheel bearing that’s out of adjustment can reduce bearing life and can affect more than just the bearing. An out-of-adjustment bearing affects...

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Diagnostic Dilemma: The Case of the Missing Code

When doing mobile diagnostic work, no-code stalling complaints are a major part of your agenda. In most cases, the client shop is simply too busy to duplicate the failure or, in some cases, a long test drive will yield nothing in the way of useful...

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Secondary Ignition: The Art of Spark

What is a coil? From the beginning of the internal combustion engine, several different ignition systems have been used to create a high-energy spark. The most popular system, and the one that’s in use today, is a step-up coil. A coil is nothing...

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Diagnosing Catalytic Converter Failure Symptoms

Although construction can vary according to engine application, the common three-way catalytic converter contains a reduction and oxidation stage. To create maximum surface area, each stage is generally a ­ceramic or stainless steel honeycomb substrate...

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Home Brakes GM Tech Tip: Squeak Noise On Brake Pedal Application

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Models
• 2004-2007 Buick Rainier
• 2008 Buick Enclave
• 2004-2008 Chevrolet Colorado, TrailBlazer
• 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
• 2009 Chevrolet Malibu
• 2004-2008 GMC Canyon, Envoy, Envoy XL, Envoy XUV
• 2007-2008 GMC Acadia
• 2008 Pontiac G6
• 2009 Pontiac G6
• 2007-2008 Saturn Outlook
• 2008 Saturn Aura
• 2005-2008 Saab 9-7X

Condition

Some customers may comment on a squeak noise when the brake pedal is applied or when released. This noise is normally heard when the brake pedal is slowly applied with the engine on or off, but can occur when the brake pedal is released. The noise may be isolated to the master cylinder area.

Correction
To correct this concern, remove as much of the old brake fluid from the master cylinder as possible and refill with a new DOT 3 brake fluid, P/N 88862806 (in Canada, use P/N 88862807). Start the vehicle and fully cycle the brake pedal until the noise diminishes to allow the new fluid to enter the system.

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  • Eric

    I have a 2001 chevy suburban 1500 4×4
    and there is a creaking noise coming from the brake assembly,steering column area.Even if I press the brake pedal or not. it creaks and rattles when driving

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