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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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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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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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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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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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I'm getting a burning plastic like smell after a 45 minute drive but all gauges read normal and fluids look good.
Check the brakes out on the front of the van. It is possible that the pads are not releasing properly and burning the brake pads causing the plastic burning smell. The brake system could be sticking and not retracting causing...
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Bleeding brakes
If you are able to keep the master cylinder full and thus no air can be drawn toward the ABS pump and valving during brake bleeding, you can often get away without using a bi-directional scan tool to remotely actuate...
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Replaced all 4 rotors, calipers and brake pads. After changed everything and bled the brakes, still spongy 2010 Jeep Liberty
Hi there - you still have air somewhere in the brake system - perhaps in the ABS pump itself. I recommend a brake fluid flush service performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...
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brake system
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. The brake pedal being lost is likely related to a hydraulic leak and the brake pedal being hard might be related to a faulty brake booster. When changing the ABS pump the...
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My car is experiencing braking problems.
A failing master cylinder may cause an intermittent lack of pressure in the braking system. As far as the sizzling noise, a seized brake caliper can cause some pressure to be applied to the brake on that corner of the...
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Having brake issue replaced master cylinder bench bled new part bled wheels and still no brakes.
Check the brake system to see if there is a leak and make sure that the master cylinder is full of brake fluid. If there is no leaks and the master cylinder is full, then there is still air in...

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