Q: Soft brakes

asked by on

I started having issues with my brakes, I had the pads and rotors replaced. Once the brake fluid was checked it was thick and burned. The line has been flushed and the master cylinder and power booster have been replaced. The brakes are still soft and go down to the floor when pressed, also when the roads are wet the brakes start skipping and are rough to press. I'm not sure what else to do, the mechanic I went to says they are fixed, but it is a safety hazard.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The brake pedal on every vehicle has a specified amount of downward travel, measured in inches, and documented in the Factory Service Manual for your vehicle that your "mechanic" probably never read. If the pedal moves beyond the specified range, toward the floor, the brakes are faulty, period. If your mechanic told you otherwise, hopefully you have a good sense of humor and will just simply look for a mechanic who knows what he’s talking about (YourMechanic has lots of them, by the way). Excessive pedal travel, such as that you are describing, can have one or multiple (coincident) causes: 1) air in the system, particularly air entrained in the ABS unit which often must be remotely activated by a scan tool to get the air out; 2) a defective ABS unit; 3) system fluid leaks; 4) bulging components such as those rubber hoses, at each wheel position, which can, if defective, actually expand as you put pressure on the pedal, thus causing the pedal to creep ever lower; 5) a defective master cylinder; and 6) cracked drum(s), typically in the rear but of course only if you have drum brakes. The underlying fault causing the problem you are writing in about will be readily resolved by a YourMechanic professional if you request a brake system inspection. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic because we want you to make the most of your repair dollars and help you to get the best possible results.

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

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: I untwisted my radiator cap when it was hot like an idiot and fluid came out the top and bottom

You're very lucky that you didn't get badly burned. Opening the radiator on an overheating car can be very dangerous. When the car warms up, pressure builds up and suddenly releasing it like that can be pretty exciting. Obviously you...

Q: my car jerks in stop and go traffic when accelerating or if i'm coming up a hill. it returns to normal once speed is up

Hello. I would recommend checking the connections to (and potentially cleaning) the mass air flow sensor. This is a unit that monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the motor. If this...

Q: What Jeep is compatible with the 2002 Jeep liberty for parts as in grills

Hello.Most Liberty's that are 2002-2005 are interchangeable with these parts.

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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...
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...