Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do my brakes need to be bled?

asked by on

The brakes are squishy. Do they need to be bled?

A: It is possible that the brakes may just nee...

It is possible that the brakes may just need to be bled. Over time, brake fluid will absorb moisture out of the air. When the fluid absorbs too much moisture, the fluid is no longer able to effectively work, giving the pedal a squishy feeling. Bleeding the brakes will accomplish the task of flushing out the old fluid. It is also possible that your drum brakes may need to be adjusted. When the rear brake shoes wear, the hydraulic cylinder that activates them has to move farther than it normally does. When this happens the pedal moves farther than normal giving a squishy feeling. I would ask for help from one of the mechanics at YourMechanic so they can diagnose and repair the problem with your brakes.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Speedometer stuck at 120 mph and 4WD not functioning

Hey there. It may help to find the fuse for the instrument cluster, remove it for 10 minutes or so, then re-insert the fuse. Chevrolet appears to have had a "customer goodwill" repair available for this if your vehicle had...

Q: Brake pedal feels spongy.

The feeling of a spongy pedal indicates old brake fluid and/or air in the brake system of your Navigator. While it was mentioned that the master cylinder was replaced three times, more information is still necessary for a proper diagnosis...

Q: Air Suspension light is on

With the information provided for your Lincoln Town Car, there can be a few things happening with your suspension. One or more of the components that make up the air ride suspension system may have been damaged due to the...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
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...