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Why would I have an intermittent spongy brake pedal on my 1999 Chevrolet Suburban
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by the master cylinder failing internally. If you have replaced it with a new one then that should not be the issue. If you used a rebuilt master cylinder then that may...
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What services do I need? 1994 Ford Explorer
Hi - since the repair history, and the on-going brake problem symptoms seem a bit murky, I would recommend a brake system inspection by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose...
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My brakes go all the way down and are hard to stop
If the hydraulic system was opened, for example, if rebuilt calipers were installed, then yes it could very well be that the entire four wheel system needs to be carefully bled, preferably using a pressure bleeder, and also being mindful...
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Mushy brakes in 2000 Ford Taurus
If the brakes feel mushy after sitting for a long period then you may have some moisture or air in the brake system. You should have the brake pads checked and serviced as needed if they are worn. You may...
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Brake Too Low of a force and pedal goes to the floor easy.
Hi there. Check the ABS (anti lock brakes) control module for any air in it. Sometimes when bleeding the brakes, the air will travel to locations within the brake system and get trapped. The module needs bleed with the brake...
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Could a leaking master cylinder cause the brakes to go to the floor very suddenly? 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
Hi - yes, a master cylinder problem, or a leak in the brake system anywhere, could cause "sudden loss of pedal". Check your brake fluid level first for low fluid. If fluid gets low enough that air gets in the...
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The brakes are spongy while the car is running but the pedal is normal when it's off
The brake pedal becoming hard to push while the engine is off is a sure sign of a normal brake booster and one way check valve. Make sure there is no air in the brake system. It sounds like you...
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My brake pedal goes straight to the floor when I press down to brake and my car take a second longer to stop
You should first look in the master cylinder reservoir to see if there is fluid in it. If the fluid is low or gone then you will need to fill the brake fluid. After the fluid is filled then have...
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I have spongy brakes
Hello there. Many common faults could cause your vehicle to have spongy brakes. You have done well so far in replacing all the parts and bleeding the brakes. Without knowing your vehicle's make and model, I can only offer general...
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Brake pedal touches floorboard
You are going to have to have the brakes completely inspected for leaks. You most likely have a leak from somewhere if the fluid was low. Once leak is located then check all pads and rotors for need to replace...
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Brake pressure problems
One of the most common causes of the brake pedal going to the floor is a loss of brake fluid. Generally, this is easy to detect due to the fact that there is usually brake fluid leaking on the ground...
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Brake light and abs light on, my brakes are soft ( needs to be replaced ) if I replace brakes will both lights go off?
A soft brake pedal generally indicates a hydraulic issue with the brake system. If the hydraulic system has a leak or a faulty seal in components such as the brake master cylinder of ABS pump, the brake system will not...
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Wont drive forward or reverse 2007 Ford Focus
Hello - there could be a problem with either or both your shifter cables to the transmission, as well as the clutch linkage (check fluid first for this). One or more of your brakes is sticking as well, causing the...
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Leaks of brake fluid
Hello - it sounds like despite your efforts to bleed the system, there is still air in the lines. ABS makes this more difficult on some models, and a power bleeder may be your only solution. I would recommend having...
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what could be wrong if I have spongy pedal and i have replaced master cylinder and bleed brakes multiple times?
There are several factors that can lead to a spongy brake pedal. When there is fluid loss, it could be caused by a faulty caliper, bad wheel cylinder, leaking master cylinder, or even a ruptured line. Things can get a...
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Brakes changed, but now having to pump them to stop - 2006 Saturn Vue
Hello - you would certainly have air in the brake system after having the brake caliper piston pop out as you describe, which would require bleeding the brakes to repair, and it's quite likely the caliper piston seal was damaged...
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Brakes go to floor and are squeaky...
The brake booster is a mechanism that uses vacuum pressure to take the force being applied to the brake pedal and amplify it. If the booster is bad, then the full amount of force needed to activate the master cylinder...
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Brakes
There are several places where a malfunction can cause air to enter the hydraulic brake system. Of course, air can enter through a ruptured hose or brake line, but it can also enter through a faulty master cylinder, anti-lock brake...
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My car brakes are spongy
When replacing a master cylinder, it should be "bench bled" before installing it in the vehicle. This involves filling the reservoir with fluid, connecting rubber hoses to the brake line ports and placing the other end in the fluid reservoir,...
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No brakes
If the brake pedal is going to the floor even after replacing master cylinder and rear brakes you still have air in the brakes. You may need to use a pressure bleeder to push fluid through the system and bleed...

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