Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brake pads replaced but still feel soft

asked by on

I’ve driven my mini van for years and I’ve never liked how the brakes make me feel. Last month I had the brake pad replaced (AP). After that, the brake felt softer… but then it became very hard to stop when having to suddenly stop. It doesn’t even feel like it’s stopping. I returned to the auto repair shop and was told there was nothing wrong. I no longer feel safe about driving my mini van. I can’t follow other cars too close. So I had another front pad replaced and it does seem a little better, but it’s still brakes soft. Do you think my mini van has a bad brake system?

It sounds like your 2006 Freestar does have a legitimate brake issue and the mechanics you are currently going to have not identified it. You need to have confidence that your brakes are "working as designed" and will stop your vehicle! You may want to speak with management and give them one more try at making it right. Diagnosing and repairing brakes should be a fairly easy job for a trained mechanic. Make sure that you are using top quality parts and are following correct procedures. If you do not feel comfortable going back to the same shop, have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your home or office to diagnose and repair your brake issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Sounds like something is rubbing against the breaks rotors.

The most common cause of the brake noise you are hearing is the brake pad metallic material it is made of will cause a loud scrapping noise intermittently. You should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you...

Q: Put new brakes on, car feels like its in park when in drive/reverse

Hello. I will try to assist you with your 1999 Jeep. Remove the two wheels you worked on. Apply and release the service brakes several times and return to the wheel positions (with transmission in neutral, block rear wheels and...

Q: How do I set the foot-operated parking brake?

The foot-operated parking brake sits to the left of the driver’s leg space, and resembles your standard brake pedal. When you park your vehicle, press down on the foot-operated parking brake firmly with your foot; this will set the parking...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...