You climb into your car, pull out of your driveway and try to slow down and all of a sudden, your brake pedal is stuck or it’s extremely hard and difficult to push. What do you do now? If you have experienced this you will know how sinking that feeling is. You don’t want to chance it and continue driving. So, what could be causing this? In order to begin we need to trouble shoot and try to figure out the cause of the problem.

Brake fluids composition allows it to absorb water. As time passes by, this can cause muck to build up in the brake system. You can follow this short simple step to identify if your brake fluid quality is poor. You would start by removing the cap from the reservoir. Using a screw driver, ideally a flat, run it across the bottom of the reservoir and have a look at the tip of it. If the screw driver is not clean you would need to replace your existing brake fluid by removing the old fluid and replacing it with brand new brake fluid.

Another problem that could be causing your brake pedal problems is engine vacuum. Engine vacuum provides power in the brakes. It takes suction and vacuum from the engine and forces it to the brakes which allow them to brake easier. The first thing that normally will fail in such a system would be the front seal. If you can see “drips” along the front of the booster then you will more than likely need to replace the entire booster as well as the master cylinder.

If your brake pads are worn out totally then you might find that your brake pedal gets locked in that position. By changing your pads regularly when doing services or having them checked out often enough this problem can be avoided all together.

With your caliper slides, there are tiny grooves located in the caliper which hold the brake pads in place and allow them to slide in as you push on the brake pedal. Sometimes, the brake pad can get stuck in one of these grooves or they just become damaged and worn over time. If this would be the case, all you would need to do is clean them or replace them all together which might be easier for novices.

Your brake hoses might also wear out internally. This is not an uncommon occurrence. This will create a small piece of the hose to actually break off while still having a small piece of it attached to the hose. This problem will create a false valve in the hose which when you push the brake would only allow brake fluid to flow one way and not allow it to return to the master cylinder when you release the brakes. You will more than likely find your caliper sticking and your vehicle will pull ever so slightly to one way. This will be a job for an experienced mechanic to diagnose and fix so don’t attempt to fix this.

I hope this information helps you out next time you find your pedal stuck or sticking.

We are based in Boksburg and are able to service everyone in the East Rand Area. Don’t take chances with your brakes. If you are in any doubt about your brakes, come to us and get them checked while you wait. We offer a speedy brake repair service. Contact us: 0118267000, Email: info@astrobrake.co.za.