Q: Brakes went out in car

asked by on

While driving, I had to press the brake pedal to the floor to get the car to stop. Upon checking, I could see that the reservoir was empty, so I added fluid to the max line. At first, the brakes performed fine while driving, but eventually I was having to press the brake pedal all the way to the floor again, the brake light was on, and I could hear something dragging on the roadway. I could also see brake fluid leaking out of the car when I stopped, and upon checking the reservoir again, could see that the brake fluid was leaking out. My check engine light is also on, and the code was for a faulty O2 sensor. I will be getting another car in a few months and was wondering if it is worth fixing this car in the meantime, or should I just get a cheap used car to last me until then?

Hello, since you have a brake fluid leak, this needs to be repaired to make the car safe to drive. I would recommend not driving the car until this is fixed. You state that you hear something dragging, this should also be looked at sooner than later. For the Check Engine Light, that would be the last thing to get fixed, the brakes should be first.

For your question about repairing this car vs. buying a cheaper used car, I would recommend fixing your current car. A cheap used car may have many issues of its own. If you get the brake fixed and repair what is dragging, this vehicle should get you around for a while. You will need the aid of a mechanic to inspect the brake system and see what is dragging so you can get your car back on the road.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Brakes went out in car

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: Replace starter good battery new battery cables but not getting proper power to the starter

It sounds like what you are describing may be related to a faulty starter relay or some faulty wiring that may not be producing a proper connection to the starter. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the...

Q: My forester recently threw a p0028 code. Replaced the intake solenoid and oil pressure switch but the idle is still rough.

If you used thicker oil than vehicle specified then this can cause problems with the intake variable valve lift system. If you used the wrong oi then change oil and filter again with the proper viscosity oil. If the correct...

Q: I have a 2002 Toyota Corolla and I'm having hesitation issues coming from a stop. I have tried everything to try and fix it. I hav

Claimed by Kevin Gainer

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...
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 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.