When driving, brakes are a critical component of a vehicle as it controls stopping when needed. You cannot use a car without the brake pedals. Moreover, when brake pedals have a problem, stopping your vehicle may be a problem and, as a result, may lead to an accident. That is the reason why you need to have your brakes serviced by professional mechanics immediately you feel them spongy, mushy, or squishy.
Reasons Why Brake Pedals Feel Spongy
Damaged/Leaking Brake Line(s)
Brakes lines may be corroded by rust as they are made of steel tubing. The rust from moisture and road salt makes brake lines brittle, and with time the rust breaks the lines causing small holes, which then leaks brake fluid. The brake fluid loss then causes a loss of hydraulic pressure, making the brake pedal feel spongy. Thus, when your brake pedals feel soft and low to the floor when applying them, get immediate help from your mechanic.
Old or Low Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is responsible for converting the energy applied to the brake pedals into the force needed to stop the vehicle. However, brake fluid may wear thin with time, just like brake pads. Hence, the thinning brake fluid may cause your brake pads' be squishy and have poor performance. The solution is to regularly service your brakes and change the old brake fluid to improve performance.
Air in Brake Lines
Air in the brake lines is usually one of the most common causes of spongy brakes. The entire braking system may become out of balance due to uneven distribution of hydraulic air pressure thus, causing a spongy brake pedalling problem. Moreover, the air in the brake line may also result from low brake fluid or brake fluid leaks.
A master cylinder in your car plays a vital role in distributing hydraulic air pressure. It is responsible for pushing the brake fluid to assist in putting your vehicle to a stop. However, with time, the cylinder seals may leak or break. When that happens, you realize that you have to press them down to the floor to apply your brakes. When you experience such problems, ensure you seek professional servicing from your car mechanic.
Functioning brake pedals are essential to your safety and others when driving. Therefore, if you experience a spongy, soft or low brake pedal, ensure you immediately take your vehicle to licensed mechanics for inspection and servicing. Also, if you need brake repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to 26th Street Auto Center today.