Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My brakes are hard when depressed.

asked by on

when the brake pedal is pushed, the vehicle is hard to stop.

My car has 160719 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there, thanks for writing in. The brake booster has a bad vacuum supply or the booster internal vacuum valve is bad and the booster needs replaced. The complete brake system should be checked and diagnosed by a mechanic to verify the fault and proceed with the proper repair.

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

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: Why is newly replaced brake booster making a whistling noise and brake pedal staying depressed?

Hello, it sounds like you have a bad run with parts. That booster is leaking internally. It has nothing to do with installation. You need to get another booster, may be a different brand. Make sure your vacuum hose to...

Q: Clicking Noise in Dashboard while ts started

The noise you are hearing is the wiper motor trying to park itself and is cycling the relay. Try replacing the wiper motor and relay to correct the problem.

Q: i was told that my cruise control cable is bent. can it be fixed without replacing it?

A bent cruise control cable cannot be bent back without significant risk of more damage to the cable. You can try doing it yourself, but no reputable mechanic is going to help you do this, because there is a large...

Related articles

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...
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.