Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What precautions should I take if the brake pedal does not feel normal?

asked by on

What precautions should I take if the brake pedal does not feel normal?

A: Your Accord is designed with a redundant br...

Your Accord is designed with a redundant braking system (called a dual circuit system). In the event of a failure, it’s designed to provide normal braking from the other two wheels (each circuit controls two wheels, rather than one circuit for all four). If the pedal feels abnormal or the Brake light on your dash comes on, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Press the pedal lightly. Does it go down farther than usual? This is a sign that one circuit has malfunctioned.

  2. Drive in a lower gear (or downshift) to slow the car.

  3. Pull over on the side of the road (in a safe place).

  4. Have the car towed.

  5. If you have no choice but to drive, do so slowly and remember that braking will take much longer than usual.

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: Car stops slower & brake pedal goes to floor

Sounds like you may have some internal leakage in the brake master cylinder. The brake master cylinder, if it is leaking internally, will maintain fluid level and allow the pedal to drop. It is possible that the leak is small...

Q: The battery light turn on when it rains and steering wheel gets jammed for a few seconds. Then battery light turns off it works

This is most likely caused by the serpentine belt slipping. You need to have the belt and tensioner checked for problems and have them repaired as needed. If you need further assistance with this repair, a certified technician from YourMechanic...

Q: Whenever I apply brake, my car jerks back.

Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a common symptom of damaged or warped brake rotors. As you may know, your brakes generate a lot of heat when you apply them. They heat up and cool down repeatedly when 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...
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 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.