It’s ideal to have a brake pedal that’s tight and has a responsive connection to your brakes. Soft or spongy brakes make it much harder to bring your car to a complete stop, which is highly dangerous. There are a few culprits to why your brake pedal is soft and may even touch the floor of your vehicle.

One of the most common reasons for your brakes touching the floor would be an issue with your brake fluid. Your fluid being low or air reaching the brake line will prevent the fluid from flowing properly, resulting in a spongy pedal. A bad brake booster is another common cause for a malfunctioning pedal. The booster is a device that uses vacuum pressure to take the force you apply to the brake and amplify it. Last but not least, the master cylinder could be the hidden culprit. The master cylinder is where the brake fluid gets compressed. If the master cylinder isn’t working, the full force needed to pressure the fluid will be absent. Diagnosing this issue can be an extensive process, so stop by Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a full brake inspection today!

Written by Ferber's Automotive & Body Shop