Reasons Why Your Brake Pedal Is Misbehaving

By Anthony K

Should the brake pedal go all the way to the floor? Faulty brakes are dangerous as they could help you meet your creator much faster than you should. Lack of knowledge on how far the brakes should go may translate into massive troubles for rookies or experienced drivers.

1. Loss of Brake Fluid

Your brake pedal may operate less effectively by going all the way to the floor due to the loss of brake fluid.

You’re likely to find traces of brake fluid under the car in case of a leak in your car system. Loss of more brake fluid raises the chances of your brakes reaching the floor.

2. Bad Brake Booster

The brake booster is a system using vacuum pressure to amplify the force you’re applying on the brake pedal.

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A faulty brake booster reduces the force needed to galvanize the master cylinder, pressurize the brake system, and generate the pressure needed to stop the car.

3. A Bad Brake Master Cylinder

The brake fluid is compressed in the master cylinder allowing the exertion of pressure needed to stop your wheels. Problems in your master cylinder threaten your braking power.

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You won’t get the required resistance when stepping on the brake pedal as it goes to the floor.

4. Poor Driving Skills

The brake fluid heats up as it’s used. Hot brake fluid is less viscous and requires more force to operate your brakes. Your brake pedal may feel less effective without apparent mechanical problems, especially after a long ride.

Avoid driving your car much further if your brakes go to the floor. Consider regular checkups, revamp your driving skills, and seek immediate professional assistance.