Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Semi-soft brakes - 2009 Mercury Milan

asked by on

I have changed the brakes not to long ago. About 2 or 3 months later I noticed the TCS light started turning on and the brakes were soft. When pressing on the pedal It brakes slightly then I have to continue to press down most of the way to feel the brakes working. I have tried to bleed the brake calipers and topped off the fluid but no difference.

My car has 116000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello there, many faults will cause your 20...

Hello there, many faults will cause your 2009 Mercury Milan to have soft brakes. The most common causes of soft brakes are air in the brake fluid, master cylinder failure, brake fluid leaks, or a faulty brake booster check valve. The TCS light when scanned will likely have a clue as to what is going on with your brakes. A qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, will be able to diagnose your soft brakes and move forward with any repairs required.

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: What's wrong? How much will it cost to fix approximately?

The lights you have on and the vehicle not moving may be a major transmission or shift linkage and brake system failures. The costs of the repair would not be able to be determined without a full diagnosis. To get...

Q: Brake failure every two months; calipers/brake lines have to be repaired

Hello. Depending on what exactly needs to be repaired on the brakes would help me determine what the actual issue is. If you are consistently having the same brake failure than that does tell me that there is a larger...

Q: itms reading STEERING WHEEL ASSIST FAULT

Hello. The steering wheel assist message comes up when the computer detects an issue with the vehicle's electronic power steering system. Your particular model of vehicle is equipped with electronic steering that uses a series of sensors, motors, and switches....

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.