When you step on your brake, it should feel fixed and responsive. However, when you step on it and get a soft feeling, chances are, there is a problem with your brake system. Why is there no pressure in my brake pedal? Getting no pressure means you are experiencing soft brakes meaning a brake pedal doesn’t offer the reassuring pressure that it normally does and it can be very alarming, especially when you are driving.
Causes of no pressure on the brake pedal
Also known as spongy brakes, this problem is an indication that there is a problem with your vehicle’s brake system. Here are few of the reasons why your car is experiencing a spongy brake:
- The air in the brake lines
This is probably the most common cause of spongy brakes. Normally, the hydraulic pressure is evenly distributed to make your vehicle stop. If there is any air in these lines, it can create pressure imbalance. With poor pressure, it can result in more time and distance before your vehicle can stop. This usually occurs when there is a leak or low brake fluid.
- Brake line damage
When there is brake line damage, it takes a lot of effort for your car to stop. There are several reasons behind brake line damage. It can be due to rust which your car can get from road salt and moisture. It can also be due to a car crash which causes brake lines to bend and collapse.
- Low levels of brake fluid
Brake fluid converts the energy you apply to your brake pedal into a force necessary to stop your car. Your brake fluid can wear thin especially when it has been a long time since your car has a brake inspection. If you can’t remember getting a brake service, then it’s time you should get one. Whether it’s a simple low brake fluid or due to leak, get scheduled for a brake inspection.
- Damage disc brake caliper
To bring your car to a full stop, your car’s braking system needs to create a great deal of heat. That heat can damage your car’s disc brake calipers especially when constantly exposed to that heat. Your car’s disc brake caliper is damaged when you get a spongy brake, your car pulls to one side when stopping or when you hear a squeaky sound when braking.
Spongy brakes can be dangerous and frightening but you can stop brake problems before they turn into serious problems. When there is no pressure in your brake pedal, bring your car to Advanced Auto Care and let our qualified technicians check your brake system to ensure your safety.