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.

A: If you step on the brake pedal and it feels...

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: Backfire

Hi there; In most cases a backfire issue occurs because the air to fuel ratio is too rich, the timing is off (which you've checked) or the spark plug tips have excess carbon build-up (which you've also replaced). Typically when...

Q: Is it possible for a leakfrom the slave/master cylinder to leak and then destroy the clutch from melting or burning on?

Hello. Yes the hydraulic brake fluid can cause the clutch to burn out and fail. The master cylinder is located next to the firewall on the left passenger side of the engine. The master cylinder is right above the clutch....

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 Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.