Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Brakes no longer working.

asked by on

My brakes aren't working any more. When I press the brake pedal, the vehicle does not stop, and I have to use the emergency brake to stop. I believe all of my brake fluid leaked out.

If you step on the brake pedal and it feels soft or drops to the vehicle floor, air has entered the system. However, if the brake pedal is hard and difficult to depress, the power brake booster may be at fault. Have a certified mechanic check for any leaks in the hydraulic braking system. These are generally easy to find for certified mechanics.

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: Transmission has been built but don't shift untill 4500 rpms what could be the problem

The transmission governor in the rear of the transmission may not be operating as it should to change pressures to change the gears as speed increases. Remove governor and verify the butterfly mechanism is moving in and out as it...

Q: Brake fluid is leaking

This suggests you have a leak somewhere in your braking system. This is common in the brake lines due to the amount of pressure that develops in the brake lines in order to make the calipers work correctly. I would...

Q: Car takes forever to start and leaks oil.

I would ask for help from a mechanic to check and see where your engine is leaking oil. A long crank concern for a vehicle this age most likely has a concern with the fuel system. It could be a...

Related articles

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...
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...