Stepping on your brakes to slow down your vehicle and finding a spongy brake pedal can be alarming. The brake pedal may feel like it doesn't offer the same pressure as it did before, which can raise some red flag when it comes to your brake's performance. If there's no pressure in your brakes, there's definitely a reason and the cause is typically due to brake fluid. Let's take a look at the potential causes and what to do next.
The brake system is hydraulic, which means that it uses brake fluid in order to create pressure which helps activate the brakes when you press down on the brake pedal. If there is air in the brake line or your brake fluid is suddenly low, then the system won't be able to work properly. If you're dealing with soft brakes, something is wrong with the brake fluid.
Typically, a problem with the brake lines is due to a leak somewhere in the system which is causing brake fluid loss or there is a bad seal in the master cylinder. There is also the possibility that air has gotten into the brake lines. One thing you can do if you are comfortable enough is to check the level of your brake fluid. If it is low, you more than likely have a leak.
Common symptoms of brake system issues include:
- Brake pedal feels spongy
- You need to pump the brake pedal in order for it to work
- Brake pedal goes to the floor
- Your vehicle takes longer to slow or stop than normal
Brake fluid is necessary for optimal brake operation, so getting your vehicle into DRIVE AutoCare as soon as you notice that your brakes feel soft or spongy is vital. We can complete a full inspection of the brake system to determine if there is a leak or if your brakes just need a bleed, which consists of bleeding out any air that may have gotten into the brake lines.
If you need brake repair in Solana Beach, CA, we invite you into DRIVE AutoCare today!