Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brake pedal quit working once

asked by on

I've recently purchased this pre-owned car and the mechanic checked it to make sure everything is working fine. They said it's all good. When I started the car and the operating temperature was normal, I applied the brake pedal but it seemed off. When I took off the emergency brake and put it in reverse, I've noticed that the brake doesn't work at all. I put it in park and kept pumping the brake. I floored the pedal and it eventually started moving normally. After that, I drove the car and had no further problems. I'm wondering if it's safe to drive the car and if this might happen again. What do you think? Should I get the brakes checked again?

Absolutely. Get this puppy checked out thoroughly before driving it further to avoid a dangerous problem. Something isn’t right - possibly a problem with the brake fluid or brake cylinders. Not having reliable brakes is a serious safety hazard. If you would like to have an expert inspect the brake system for you, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to have this repaired.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Radio only works through steering wheel controls

It sounds like the radio unit in your vehicle may have partially failed to where the controls no longer work. I would recommend having your radio inspected by a qualified professional. This inspection may involve the removal of the radio...

Q: Car dinging and Service Engine Soon light coming on

Most GM vehicles will give you a "ding" when a Warning light comes on. Even though the Check Engine Light goes out, the code will be stored in the engine's computer. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can come out, scan...

Q: Car shuddering at 15 mph, squealing wheel and sticking starter - 2005 Subaru B9 Tribeca

The "shuddering" you mention when braking at low speeds could be caused by either a "warped" brake rotor or by worn out control arm bushings. The sticking starter issue is either the starter bendix or starter pinion/ring gear binding. These...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
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...