Mar 252009

Asbestos Cancer Risk When Making Car Repairs

Asbestos is a fire-resistant and durable mineral that occurs naturally. Its qualities made it the perfect choice for use by many industries in manufacturing and construction. The automotive industry was no exception.

Asbestos was utilized extensively in the manufacturing of auto parts such as brake pads, hood liners and clutches throughout the 20th century. Unfortunately, the use of asbestos has not been totally prohibited and there are companies that still use it in the manufacturing of these products. The constant abrasion on brakes and clutches causes these products to become damaged and release dust containing asbestos fibers. The dust is then trapped inside the clutch space or brake housing and released when repair work is done. As you can imagine, this poses a major health risk to auto mechanics and enthusiasts who make car repairs on their own.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a rare and deadly cancer known as mesothelioma. The symptoms of this type of cancer usually do not show up until 15 to 25 years after exposure. As a result, a mesothelioma diagnosis is not typically made until the cancer is in its advanced stages and is more difficult to treat effectively. The recent escalation of asbestos-related diseases has lead to mesothelioma attorney firms assisting victims in filing lawsuits against the companies responsible for their illness.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has set further standards in working with asbestos and avoiding auto-mobile exposure. By following their listed practices, car owners and mechanics can substantially minimize the chances of asbestos exposure.

Mar 202009

My daughter is driving my son’s 2000 Explorer while he is deployed in Iraq- she is away at school and had an issue tonight – she put the car in reverse, then put the brake on and put it in drive… the car stayed in reverse… she said she tried to brake and it wouldn’t completely stop- she threw it into park, shut it off and turned it on again and it was okay… she said this happened one time last month, too. Any ideas???


the only way the truck will stay in reverse is if the reverse band does not disengage. the problem is internal trans. either the valve in the valve body is getting stuck or the servo is not releasing. either way the trans is going to have to come apart to fix.

Mar 152009

I have a 2001 Explorer Sport (not Trac). I had a brake job done about 5 months ago. After the brake job I had burning brakes (bad) smell and rotar burning. After several visits they said they put Sport Trac brake pads on rather than Explorer sport. After the job they seemed fine but my anti-lock keeps kicking on even with minior stop and go driving. Now the first time out on a warm day (60+) I find they are burning again! Any advice before I go back to the shop and fight the good fight??? This is getting very old and scary!


you either have a caliper sticking, or they did not adjust the rear drums right.

if i did a brake job and drove it down the street and smelled anything, it would be back on my rack with the wheels off.

theres no excuse for putting your life in danger by not having the brakes right.

Mar 092009

I have a 2008 Saturn Aura, 8500 miles with Brake pedel squeak sound. I took it to the dealer and he lubricated the pedel hardware. This did not fix the problem.   I then tried the brake fluid flush oultined in the bulletin. It did not fix the problem. Here it is:

#08-05-22-002B: Squeak Noise On Brake Apply (Remove Brake Fluid from Master Cylinder and Refill) – (Oct 9, 2008)

Subject: Squeak Noise On Brake Apply (Remove Brake Fluid from Master Cylinder and Refill)

Models: 2004-2007 Buick Rainier
2008 Buick Enclave
2004-2008 Chevrolet Colorado, TrailBlazer, TrailBlazer EXT, TrailBlazer SS
2008 Chevrolet Malibu
2004-2008 GMC Canyon, Envoy, Envoy XL, Envoy XUV
2007-2008 GMC Acadia
2008 Pontiac G6
2007-2008 Saturn OUTLOOK
2008 Saturn AURA
2005-2008 Saab 9-7X

this is a common issue on this vehicle. In a lot of cases simply changing the brake fluid will not fix the problem. In a lot of cases I have had to change the entire master cylinder to fix the problem. You need to take the vehicle back to the dealer and coplain until they do this.