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You could have a clogged brake line, most likely one of the front rubber ones.

The Brake booster might not be working correctly. Run the engine for a few moments, then turn the key off. Once the engine dies, press the brake pedal a few times. You should hear a hissing noise each time you press the pedal. Then hold the pedal down and start the engine. The pedal should move and get softer. If none of this occurs, verify that the booster has a vacuum source. If the booster has a vacuum source, and still does not boost the pedal effort, the booster is more than likely bad. One other alternative would be a bad check valve. Simply remove the valve and blow into it. It should blow easily in one direction, and not at all in the other.

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Q: What would cause the brake pedal to be hard and not go to the floor and still engage the brakes?
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What would cause the brake pedal to be hard and not go to the floor and doesnt engage brakes?

Your power brake booster may be defective. You may have a vacuum leak or the booster itself could need replacing.


Can the brake booster cause your brake pedal to go to the floor?

No, a busted brake booster will not cause the brake pedal to go to the floor. It will however cause the brake pedal to be extremely hard to push. A defective master cylinder will cause what you describe. Replace the master cylinder and bleed the brakes. It can because it happened to me. The booster lost vaccum and the pedal went to the floor. Sorry, you are wrong. The only reason the pedal went to the floor was because the master cylinder failed. The brake booster only boosts the pressure on the master cylinder and allows you to not have to push so hard on the brake pedal. Cars of yesteryear did not even have a brake booster and they stopped just fine albeit you had to push the pedal allot harder than with power brakes. A failing brake booster will not cause your pedal to go to the floor although it might cause it to go lower than normal before the brakes apply. As long as the master cylinder is good you will still have brakes, but you will have to really push hard and might even have to pump them up in order for them to stop the car.


Just changed your front and rear brakes and shoes. The brake light turns on until you put in more brake fluid. The brakes feel if they were almost touching the floor at times. What could cause this?

If you are losing fluid and the pedal is low, you have a brake fluid leak.


What would cause a hissing noise to come from the brake pedal on a 1990 ranger when it is pressed down to the floor and the brakes barely work?

Vacuum brake booster is defective or the hose going to the booster is leaking.


You replaced rear brake shoes and drums your brakes are now fading and have to be pumped to stop There are no leaks and the adjustment is up where it should be?

Try bleeding your brakes. If there is air in the system it can give a spongy feeling to your brake pedal and require you to pump your brakes and/or put your brake pedal to the floor.


Why do the brakes go to the floor before beginning to respond?

you either need a new brake master cylinder or your brakes need to be bled


Why would a brake pedal held to the floor suddenly lose tightness and brakes not working?

Have your brake system checked immediately! (by a proffesional)


Your truck makes a hissing sound when your brakes are engaged and your brake peddle travels all the way to the floor before stopping the truck also stalls when brakes are engages?

This one is easy. Brake booster diaphragm is ruptured, causing a massive vacuum leak, which will cause the engine to run poorly when the brakes are applied. A loss vacuum assist will make it difficult to stop the vehicle.


The brake pedal slowly creeps to the floor when you hold the brakes on a 1994 Ford F-350 with a Diesel eng.?

Check your brake fluid. Next maybe your brake lines need to be bled. OR you just might need new brakes.


Having brake problems on a 95 ford ranger xlt 2.3l v6 you replaced master cylinder brake booster bled the brakes pedal still goes to the floor?

You need to bleed the brakes.


What will cause me not to have brakes on my 1997 jeep grand Cherokee it has been out of order for around 1 year?

it could be a lot of different factors such as master cylinder is leaking past seels, crack in a brake line, leaking wheels cyclinders or calipers, air in the brake system that will cause brake pedal to go to floor if it is hard and wont move could be a failed brake booster


What causes brake to go down to floor if brakes have been replaced?

Air in the brake system- Brake system needs to be bleed and fluid needs to be added while you are doing that.


Brake pedal almost goes to the floor before it engages the brakes?

Probable causes: Low or no fluid in reservoir; Worn brake pads/shoes; Air in brake lines; Leaking brake line.


What is wrong with the brakes in 99 Renault Clio had to depress brake pedal to the floor in order to stop the car?

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How to tell if you need your brakes replaced?

The best way to tell when you need brakes is by squeaking, when the brakes are rubbing against the metal, when your brake pedal goes all the way to the floor and when you are running out of break fluid.


Why on a 1985 jeep the brake peddled goes to the floor?

More than likely, there is air in the brake line or a leak in the line. Go to a mechanic and have the brakes "bled". He'll know what you are talking about. It's fairly inexpensive to do. Bad brakes, bad master cylinder, broken brake line, low brake fluid.


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try and bleed brakes , if that wont work you need a master cylander


Driving along brake pedal went all the way to floor and ABS light came on How do you repair brakes on a 1997 dodge ram 1500?

Defective Master Cylinder or broken brake line. Replace the master cylinder and bleed the brakes.


How do you bleed the brakes after replacing brake pads and fluid On a 1996 Honda Accord?

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Why would Brake pedal on ford zx2 stay up with car off but go to floor when car is turned on?

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How do I know when to check my cars brakes?

The best way to know when your automobile needs brakes is when they start squeaking, grinding against metal, leaking brake fluid and the pedal going to the floor.


When we bleed the brakes with the car turned off turned off the brakes seem good As soon as you start the car and the power assist kicks in the brake pedal goes right to the floor Help?

Brake Pedal Goes to the Floor After BleedingAlthough there could be more than one reason, I suspect that even though you may have bled the brake system, AND the brake fluid reservoir is full, your brake bleeding was not successful, and you STILL HAVE AIR IN THE BRAKE LINES, or in the wheel brake slave cylinders.


Brake Pedal goes to floor after changing brakes on 2003 Saturn L200 and bleeding brakes throughly What could be problem Car is mint too new to be master cylinder 30K miles?

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How do you adjust the rear brakes on a 1990 Nissan pick up with new brakes and they have been bled and pedal goes down almost to the floor?

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Why does the brake peddle goes to floor?

Low brake fluid, drums/rotors in need of replacement, pads in need of replacement, air in the brake lines, worn master cylinder, brakes out of adjustment... all possible reasons.