Common Causes of Spongy Brakes

Have you noticed that your brakes require more effort to take? Similar to any other braking problem, soft brake pedals mean that coming to a complete stop will require more effort than usual. It can be nerve-wracking when you catch your brakes feeling squishy, considering your car's braking system is possibly the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Whenever you notice this sponge-like feeling on your brakes, take your vehicle into an auto shop immediately. Don't you worry - TC Auto Service's trained technicians are happy to take a look and fix the problem. 


Multiple problems could be attributed to spongy brake pedals. Here are some of the most common causes:


Air in the System

Air in the brake lines is one of the most typical causes of mushy brake pedals. If air slips into the brake lines, it will intervene with the free flow of the brake fluid resulting in spongy brake pedals. Bleeding your brakes is a great solution to eliminate the air and introduce new and clean fluid. The fresh fluid will preserve and protect the other components of the brake system.


Damaged Brake Lines

Brake lines are made of stainless steel metals. As a result, the stainless steel can get damaged by rust over time. The rust spots develop into small holes, leak, and ultimately corrupt the brake lines. The brake lines can also weaken, bend, and crack from vehicle accidents, making them more susceptible to severe problems in the long run.


Cylinder Wear

The cylinder is a chamber within the engine, where fuel is combusted, and power is generated. Unfortunately, with continuous use, the seals within the cylinder become weak and brittle. When they eventually break, you will find yourself pressing on the brake pedal harder to stop. 


Low Brake Fluid

Brake fluid will run out over time, which changes its compression properties. As a result, your brakes are reduced in response. This is why it is so vital to get proper vehicle maintenance and top off your fluids when needed.


Everyone needs a functional braking system to stay comfortable and safe while driving. So if you notice a weird feeling with your brakes, do not hesitate to give us a call or visit us at our auto shop. Our expert technicians are at your service and happy to ensure that your vehicle is safe, so you can confidently drive from one point to another.