Q: Do my brakes need to be bled?

asked by on

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

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 1,000 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
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Do my brakes need to be bled?

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: Quick question about my 04 Ford Ranger edge fuel cut off switch

You did not give a specific questions but the fuel inertia switch is in the right kick panel of the truck. The fuel pump can be tested to see if it is getting power throught the switch when key is...

Q: Replaced all 4 rotors, calipers and brake pads. After changed everything and bled the brakes, still spongy 2010 Jeep Liberty

Hi there - you still have air somewhere in the brake system - perhaps in the ABS pump itself. I recommend a brake fluid flush service performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...

Q: Engine shakes and plug wires when checked with timing light look something like Morse code

Hi there. I would still be suspicious of the coil packs. If you have access to an oscilloscope, I would look for pulses off the crankshaft and camshaft sensors. If sensor pulses are even, change the coil packs. If the...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...