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Why is there air in my brake lines?

If your brake pedal feels a little soft or squishy, then there's a good chance that you have air in your brake lines. But how could air possibly get into a sealed hydraulic brake system?

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  • How Brake Failure Works
    How Brake Failure Works

    When you press the brake pedal in your car, you expect your brakes to work. But what if they didn't? If you've ever been in a vehicle that did not stop, you know the sheer terror that brake failure can cause. See more »

  • How does payload affect braking?
    How does payload affect braking?

    Most pickup drivers want to be able to haul lots of stuff -- why else would you want a pickup truck, right? But there is a limit to how much you should carry. Overloading a truck can change how it steers and brakes. See more »

  • What do the brake warning lights mean in my car?
    What do the brake warning lights mean in my car?

    Uh-oh, your brake warning light just came on. Are you doomed to brake failure now? Learn what that little light means and how to know what it's telling you to do. See more »

  • What if my brakes stopped working?
    What if my brakes stopped working?

    Most people can feel their brakes as they wear, and they know when it's time to get new ones. But what if there's a leak in your brake line or someone cuts the line altogether? See more »

  • What should I do when my brakes lock?
    What should I do when my brakes lock?

    You're speeding over a patch of black ice or wet leaves when suddenly you try to stop -- and nothing happens. Instinct tells you to slam on the brakes, but that will just cause them to lock up, leaving you sliding down the street. What should you do? See more »

  • Why are my brakes squeaking?
    Why are my brakes squeaking?

    Squeaky brakes can panic a driver, as brakes are arguably the most important safety feature in automobiles. Sometimes the concern is warranted, as the brakes are going bad. Other times, however, there may be nothing wrong at all. See more »

  • Why is my car leaking brake fluid?
    Why is my car leaking brake fluid?

    Have you ever had to add brake fluid to your vehicle's master cylinder? Did you ever stop to think, why am I adding to a system that supposedly doesn't consume the fluid I pour in? See more »

  • Why is there air in my brake lines?
    Why is there air in my brake lines?

    If your brake pedal feels a little soft or squishy, then there's a good chance that you have air in your brake lines. But how could air possibly get into a sealed hydraulic brake system? See more »

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