If you are driving along and when you go to stop your car, your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor without stopping, or just barely stopping your car, do you know what to do? Many people will immediately panic, but if you keep calm and maintain a steady mind, you should be able to stop in time, if just barely. If you panic, you may injure someone else or yourself and cause more damage to your car.
If this does happen to you, the first thing you should do is bring your car to GIC Car Clinic and have one of our certified mechanics repair the problem for you. Brake issues are nothing to put off until next week, what could be a simple repair could compound itself into a more expensive repair and more down time for your car.
What can cause the brake pedal to travel all the way to the floor? There are a few things and some of them you can check yourself at home in your own driveway.
- First off, check for leaking brake fluid. Lift the hood and look into the master cylinder reservoir, if it is low, you may have a leak. Look around on the ground under your car for any signs of the leaking brake fluid.
- Another reason could be a bad master cylinder. The master cylinder is what actually transfers the braking force from the pedal to the brakes and if it is not working correctly, you could have very little brake pressure.
- Most of today’s cars have a brake vacuum booster which, if it fails, can cause your pedal to drop to the floor very quickly.
- Another factor that can contribute to a weak and falling brake pedal is the driver. That’s right, the driver. If you are constantly riding your brakes or are very hard on them, heat will build up not only on the brake components but also in the brake fluid itself. When the brake fluid gets hot, it loses its viscosity becoming very thin. This will cause the braking system to require more force to stop the car.
If you have any of the above issues with your cars brakes, bring it in to GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California today and have it checked out. It could help prevent an accident.