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Repair a Spongy Brake Pedal in a Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator
If you’ve ever had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting an animal darting out into the road, then you know the importance of a good set of brakes. When pressing down on the brake pedal, you should always encounter firm resistance. If not, you may have a spongy brake pedal.
Spongy or squishy brakes are dangerous as they can lead to brake failure if left unaddressed. Unfortunately, if you own a Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator you’re more likely to experience this defect.
If you’ve googled why your pedal goes down to the floor or why you can’t bleed brakes, this one’s for you.
Keep reading to learn how to fix your brake pedal and get back on the road stress-free!
Are Spongy Brakes a Big Deal?
Squishy brakes are more than a big deal. They can prevent you from stopping your car in time to avoid a collision and if not fixed, will prohibit your car from stopping at all.
That soft, sinking quality is either a sign of air in the system or of a leak. Regardless, you’re going to want to get this fixed as soon as possible.
10% of road accidents result from vehicle malfunctions. Don’t let squishy brakes make you just another number.
Some Models Are More Affected
These models are especially vulnerable to spongy brake pedals:
2006-2014 Ford Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer
2007-2014 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator
2008-2012 Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, Mazda Tribute
2011-2013 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX
2011-2013 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ
What Causes Spongy Brake Pedals?
Several factors can lead brakes to malfunction. But in the models listed above, there is one primary cause: the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). The ABS prevents wheels from locking up by increasing traction and steering ability.
There are several valves and solenoids within the ABS. If an internal failure occurs the valve can loosen, or if debris gets into the brake fluid, the valve can malfunction.
How to Fix a Malfunctioning ABS
Many people overlook the ABS and make the mistake of assuming the issue is with the master cylinder. However, replacing the master cylinder won’t repair your brake pedal.
There are two solutions:
1. Send Your ABS to a Repair Service We recommend leaving this work to the professionals given the complexity of the ABS system. If wanting to repair your ABS, a repair service is your best bet. You can send your part in for rebuilding and rest easy knowing you have a warranty.
2. Buy Parts and Replace Your ABS The other option is buying a refurbished part. If you go this route, it’s vital not to buy from junkyards or drop shippers. Always make sure you’re aware of the history and condition of the parts.