Low Brake Pedal – What Causes It and How to Fix It

Have you found yourself having to push further or harder on your brake pedal than ever before? Does your stopping take longer and your braking seems weaker?

Excellent that you’re reading this – you might be able to get this fixed before it becomes a serious or life threating problem!

There could be myriad of reasons for this happening:

  • Brake fluid may be leaking, or have leaked
  • Faulty hydraulics
  • Low brake lining

If air gets into the lines, it can prevent the fluid from flowing properly, causing the brake pedal to feel spongy – and also require more effort to engage it.

How to Fix a Low Brake Pedal

A process called “bleeding the brakes” gets rid of the air. Air in the brake line is the most common cause of a soft brake pedal – but a quick check-up will identify the problem. This is not a safe state to allow you brakes to operate it – accidents happen in the blink of an eye and you needs your car to respond immediat3ely – no unnecessarily slow or hard braking from your side should be required.

 

Where to Get Low Brake Pedals Fixed

If your car is still under a motor warranty, or if you have recently had your brake pedals replaced (within the suppliers warranty period) – you can either go to the dealership where you purchased your car or return to the retailer who fitted your brakes.

 

However, if your car is not under warranty, or has not recently had work done on the brakes – then take it in to any RMI accredited dealer for them to bleed the brakes. Ask them to check the quality and ware on your brake pads and discs (or drums) while you’re there – rather safe than sorry!

 

Cover Image Credit: Phoenix Systems