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Brake Pedal Goes to Floor – Repairs & Servicing in Hamilton

Is your car’s brake pedal lacking resistance?

Brake fluid leaks can affect your brake pedal’s resistance. If you think your car is leaking, check around the tyres and under the vehicle.

The brake pedal requires a certain amount of pressure to be applied for it to work correctly. When the driver applies this pressure, brake fluid is compressed, creating the necessary hydraulic pressure to slow your car down. If your brake pedal is going right to the floor when pushed down, it can affect this process, resulting in less effective braking. Problems with the brake pedal can affect the safety of your vehicle, meaning they should be examined by a mechanic as soon as possible, even if your car is still stopping without difficulty.

Learn more about how brakes work

 

What can cause the brake pedal to go to the floor?

There are several different things that can cause a lack of resistance in your car’s brake pedal. This problem usually stems from issues with a mechanical component or issues with your car’s brake fluid level/quality. Below are some of the most common reasons for the brake pedal going straight to the floor:

  • Brake fluid leak – Brake fluid is what allows your brakes to function correctly. When you apply the brakes, it is compressed, creating hydraulic pressure which powers your braking system. A leak in your car’s braking system can cause a gradual loss of brake fluid, affecting the car’s ability to come to a stop. If your brake pedal is going straight to the floor, examine your brake reservoir to determine if the brake fluid is low. If the problem persists after topping up, your car probably has a leak.
  • Brake fluid in need of replacement – Over time, brake fluid absorbs water and loses its hydraulic properties and needs to be replaced. To keep your brakes working correctly, the brake fluid should be changed every 40,000 km.
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  • Bad master cylinder – The master cylinder is where compression is applied to brake fluid. A problem with the brake master cylinder piston seals bypassing brake fluid inside the master cylinder can affect brake power and pressure, causing the pedal to sink to the floor.

 

Brake Pedal & Car Braking System Repairs in Hamilton

Does your brake pedal have low or no resistance and go straight to the floor when pressed? If so, we can help! At Grimmer Motors, our team of skilled mechanics can quickly diagnose the cause of your brake problems. From there, we can provide expert repairs that you can rely on.

A correctly functioning brake system will allow you to stop quickly when you need to, improving the safety of your vehicle. For brake repairs in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

 

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