What is a Soft Brake Pedal Telling You?

Some of the most common issues with car brakes are caused when the brake feels soft or spongy. When you get such a feeling, it is important to know what you are looking for.

Brake hoses are worn out

Old brake hoses might leak air but not fluid through the exterior of the hose. If the interior of the hose has deteriorated, air can freely enter the line, resulting in a situation comparable to a fluid leak. Swelling indicates that the hose is burned out. Any swelling suggests a faulty brake hose. While you examine the hoses for potential leaks or swelling, have someone apply the brake pedal.

Brake bleeding

After bleeding the brakes, you may notice a soft brake pedal. During the bleeding technique, air can become trapped inside the braking fluid system, particularly in the brake line, causing the pedal to seem spongy when squeezed. Replacing brake lines or hoses can potentially introduce air into the system.

To resolve this issue, drain the brake fluid from the reservoir or bleed it using the vacuum approach. Nice and clear brake fluid protects multiple aspects in the braking system and guarantees that all elements operate smoothly for a long period.

ABS hydraulic assembly failure.

An ABS modulator, which consists of many solenoids and valves, is part of an ABS system. A rusted component or the breakdown of an internal element may cause one or more valves to fail. Sediment in the brake fluid can also prevent a valve from functioning properly, resulting in a loose pedal.

Wheel cylinders that are rusted and leaking.

Also, keep an eye out for a leaky wheel cylinder. If your vehicle utilizes rear drum brakes, there should be pistons and brake shoes inside the drum. The pistons force the shoes against the drum, allowing the brake pedal to work. Corrosion can produce holes and splits in wheel cylinders. When brake fluid seeps via a hole, hydraulic pressure cannot build up, resulting in a soft brake pedal.


Do not spend hours thinking of where to take your car to have your soft brakes fixed. Feel free to stop by Grayson Tire & Auto Center and get your soft brakes fixed today!