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Brakes lock up – Nissan Mercury

How to fix brake lock up – Nissan Mercury Shops are reporting brake lock-up problems on the Nissan Quest and Mercury Villager with ABS brakes (up to the 2002 model year). The problem is caused by contaminated brake fluid blocking the ABS valves, especially the dampener valve. The dampener valve is screwed into one of the outlet ports on the master cylinder. The left front and right rear brakes line is attached to this valve. When these valves get plugged, they don’t release brake pedal pressure. Before you perform the … Read More

Maintenance schedule service rip-off

Is scheduled maintenance a rip-off Every car maker publishes a maintenance schedule and shops LOVE to push maintenance schedule service because they make oodles of money. Many of the items on the check list are for inspections. Inspect the brakes, inspect the belts, inspect the fasteners, etc. You should have all of these maintenance items done. However, 90% of these inspections and services can be performed by a low level technician. You do not need to pay $100/hr for an ASE Certified Master Technician to check the air pressure in … Read More


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