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Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by qwertyjjj » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:03 pm

Not sure if it's coincidence. I topped up my power steering fluid with repair fluid but barely any, maybe 50ml or less.
Then had an oil change.
My brakes are now a bit squidgy. You have to push them harder to brake properly.
Linked? Can I top up the brake fluid or could it be something else. Brakes were new about 6 months ago.



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by jonesg » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:32 am

qwertyjjj wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:03 pm
Not sure if it's coincidence. I topped up my power steering fluid with repair fluid but barely any, maybe 50ml or less.
Then had an oil change.
My brakes are now a bit squidgy. You have to push them harder to brake properly.
Linked? Can I top up the brake fluid or could it be something else. Brakes were new about 6 months ago.
So was the fluid low?
Where is it going?
If fluid leaks out, air comes in.



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by qwertyjjj » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:49 am

It was the power steering that was topped not brake fluid. If I open the brake fluid reservoir, won't air get in? Can I just top it up if it's low?



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by jonesg » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:51 pm

qwertyjjj wrote:
Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:49 am
It was the power steering that was topped not brake fluid. If I open the brake fluid reservoir, won't air get in? Can I just top it up if it's low?
Air cannot enter the brake system unless the level drops too low, like empty reservoir.
Of course you need to top it up, but where did it go in the first place?



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by abscate » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:37 pm

The brake fluid level will drop advanced the pads wear. This should take months if not years. We actually mark our fluid level with sharpie and the driver responsible for monthly checks reports level relation to mark


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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by QUARKS40 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:37 am

First - what is this vehicle - model, second How many miles on it, third, What is the condition of the brake pads all 4 corners.
Power steering is in no way linked to the braking system vis a vis fluid. Vacuum may be linked to the two.
Have you ever had the brake fluid flushed on this car?


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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by qwertyjjj » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:01 pm

Ok, I just checked the brake fluid - it's full.
What else could be causing this?



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by difflock54 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:44 pm

Check your rubber brake hoses at all 4 wheels.
These hoses age and get splits forming especially near the end connections or where they bend in an arc around suspension parts.The inner hose itself becomes more flexible hence a squidgy feel on the brake pedal but eventually could burst with obvious total brake failure.



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by jonesg » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:28 pm

qwertyjjj wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:01 pm
Ok, I just checked the brake fluid - it's full.
What else could be causing this?
If the caliper spring is installed wrong you get a squishy pedal. Its a common mistake.



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Re: Brakes a bit squidgy

Post by chrism » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:06 am

qwertyjjj wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:03 pm
You have to push them harder to brake properly.
That kinda sounds like you've lost the vacuum assist.



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