Part three of a series on brake service explores some more symptoms of brake problems.
When Your Brake Pedal Goes All the Way to the Floor
In the earlier parts of this series, we talked about the sounds make when your brakes are going bad, such as squealing or grinding. But what does it mean when your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor? It means that you have no brake pressure. Is it bad? Yes. As to exactly how bad the problem is, it depends on what’s causing it.
One cause of this problem is a lack of brake fluid. If your car is out of brake fluid, your brakes just won’t work. If this is the problem, it’s easy to spot. Look for brake fluid under the car. Another problem that may be causing this issue is if your car’s brake master cylinder has gone bad. If your master cylinder is malfunctioning your car’s braking power will be diminished, and your brake pedal will go all the way to the floor. There are other causes of this problem too, however, so don’t get locked on a master cylinder.
Why You Need to Fix Your Brakes When This Happens
You could have a bad brake booster, or maybe you have a ruptured brake line. There is one more cause of your brake pedal going all the way to the floor, how much you use them. As your brake fluid gets hotter, it becomes more gelatinous, which causes it to get thinner. In short there are a lot of causes for this problem, but they all have one thing in common, they are signs you need brake repair and as soon as possible.
So, remember that no matter how diligent you are with your car’s scheduled maintenance, it is the details that can mess up your day. So rotate your tires every now and then, and change your oil. But don’t forget that your brakes serve an important function in your car as well: the ability to stop your car. So if you have squealing brakes, grinding brakes, or a brake pedal that goes all the way to the floor, get into an auto mechanic immediately.
This concludes part three of our series. Be sure to read part one and part two for more information on brake repair