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Brake Pedal is hard to push Inspection Service

Your brake pedal is designed to have a lot of give so that you can have maximum control over the amount of pressure that is applied to the brakes. Sometimes the pedal can become stiff and be hard to depress; in most circumstances the car will continue to brake correctly, but it’s an unnerving feeling for a driver and an issue that should be resolved by a mechanic.

How this system works:

Brake systems on modern vehicles are vacuum assisted via a brake booster. A vacuum diaphragm essentially multiplies the force that you are applying to the brake pedal, thus making it easier for you to brake, and giving you more control.

When the brake pedal is depressed, the vacuum source is closed off, which allows atmospheric pressure to enter one side of the vacuum diaphragm. This causes the master cylinder pistons to apply the brakes. When you remove your foot from the brake pedal, vacuum returns to both sides of the diaphragm, and the master cylinder pistons return to their normal position.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Bad brake booster: The most common culprit of a hard brake pedal is the brake booster. A bad brake booster will be unable to provide vacuum assist, meaning that you will be attempting to depress the brake pedal with no assistance.

  • Vacuum hose is leaking: Most often, the entire booster is broken, but sometimes it is one individual component at fault. In some cases, the booster vacuum line hose can begin to leak, which will limit the effectiveness of the vacuum assist.

  • Check valve malfunction: The check valve, which is responsible for allowing air to exit the booster but not enter it, can also malfunction or break.

  • Wrong-size parts: If your booster has been replaced recently, but your brake pedal is still hard, it could be that the replacement parts were the incorrect size. Adding a brake booster of the wrong weight, or a vacuum hose of the wrong size is a common mistake among inexperienced mechanics.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to inspect your brake system, starting with a review of the brake booster, as that is the most common culprit.

After the inspection, the mechanic will provide a detailed report that describes the source and cause of the braking problem, along with the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How important is this service?

Even though your brakes are hard to depress, chances are that they still work. However, the braking will be unassisted, meaning you’ll have to press the pedal a lot harder to get your vehicle to stop. Book a mechanic as soon as possible to diagnose the issue, as it’s not safe to drive a vehicle plagued by difficult braking.

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Daniel

9 years of experience
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Daniel
9 years of experience
Honda Fit - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Chicago, Illinois
Told me everything I needed to know and switch out after the inspection. So, I scheduled another service the next day for all the fixes, or fluid maintenance.
Ford Fusion - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Oak Park, Illinois
Well mannered, very knowledgable professionals. Dan got my car fixed in a timely matter and I couldn't be happier with the service

Joseph

31 years of experience
540 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
Jeep Compass - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Mesquite, Texas
I was very satisfied with the service I received an was put to ease by his concern for what I needed and wanted done.
Fiat 500 - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Plano, Texas
Joseph is GREAT. This is his second time he has worked on my Fiat. I am positive I will ask for him in the future. //thomas

Joseph

18 years of experience
429 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
Ford Fiesta - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Salt Lake City, Utah
Joseph was amazing, he was so thorough in his inspection and saved us so much money. We were recommended several services by a less-reputable shop and Joseph showed us exactly why we didn't need those services and performed ones that we did need, saving us about $150. He's the only mechanic we'll be calling from now on!
Dodge Caravan - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Hill AFB, Utah
He has serviced my van a couple times now and he is such a great person to work with. He is thorough and helpful with minor issues.

Joseph

25 years of experience
488 reviews
Joseph
25 years of experience
Volvo S40 - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - Katy, Texas
Joseph was professional, friendly and after asking me what issues I was having with my car, he went to work and quickly found the problem.

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