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Bubbling brakes

I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla. It's in great shape, except that everytime I slowly press the brakes, I hear what I would describe as a gurgling/ bubbling sound coming from under the hood. It doesn't happen when I quickly step on the brakes or come to a more sudden stop, only when I'm gently easing into a stop. I took it to the dealership and they just said that I might need new brake shoes, but couldn't explain the gurgling sound (which I'm assuming is caused by some type of fluid). Any ideas?


  • If it is coming from under the hood, I'd guess the brake booster has sprung a leak. If your car even has brake shoes, they'd be on the rear wheels, not in the front. I can't see this problem being caused by brake shoes from your description.

    This is a safety issue and needs to be addressed. Nothing should be making a gurgling noise when you press on the brakes. This isn't a good problem for using a dealership. Suggest you ask friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers etc for a recommendation for an independent mechanic who specializes in Japanese or Import cars. The Corolla is probably the most popular car in America, so it should be easy to find a good shop. Best of luck.
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