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Have a 2008 Winnebago Mercedes Diesel Sprinter on a Dodge Chassis, it has 26k miles and the brakes feel spongy. What can be causing the sponginess?

I've been told the pads look good. Any idea what is causing the sponginess?

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SOURCE: breaks are spongy and break light is on

raise the hood ...on the drivers side right below the cowl panel attached to the front of the vacuum booster. also look at the wheels for fluid may have a wheel cylinder leaking

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SOURCE: spongy breaks

The rear brakes need to be adjusted

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remove air cleaner...then remove the black engine cover....the filter is under it

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SOURCE: this 2008 sprinter has two belts, one for the fan

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New brake pads can cause a spongy feel until they "cure". This means that they have to heat and cool a few times and have the initial outer layer wear smooth to the disc before they become fully effective. If, after a week or so there is no improvement, check the caliper slides to ensure they move freely and there is no rust or binding occurring as this can affect braking strength.

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When accelerating the yellow triangle appears on the dash board? And when I step on the brakes it feels spongy and makes a grinding sound. The brakes are semi-new.

Semi-new??? If the pads are good and the rotors are good then I would check the caliper and while down there check the bearings as well. Spongy is usually not properly bled brake lines. Grinding is metal on metal in the caliper with pads ground down. The other main reason for grinding is a bad bearing. If this happens when you are turning one way or the other then it is the bearing.

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When accelerating, the yellow triangle appears on the dash?

who do the breaks some small amount of grinding is normall as the brakes bind in but if its realy load check the to see if a pad hasent been put in back to front or there is foregn matter in the disk ect if it was a garage take it back and tell them about the problem you should get a 1200 mile warenty minimum with any garage fix

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My brake pedal is spongy, what would cause that? fluid level is good

air in the line or bad booster. try getting the brakes bled if it doesnt fix it probably a bad booster

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Brake pedel fades

Chances are you have a small pin sized hole in your brake lines were your fluid id slowly leaking loosing brake pressure. I would fill the master cyl. full then have a friend look under your car while u step on the peddle to see if u can see any brake fluid leaking anywere. If there is none i would try bleeding the brakes. There could be air in your brake lines also causing this to happen.

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Replaced booster on brakes brakes are spongy

Spongy brakes are caused by air in the hydraulic lines, or old/weakened brake hoses. They may also feel sponger if the brake pads/shoes are excessively worn.

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Spongy brake pedal on 2003 Frod escort zx2.

loosen of the hand-brake adjustment and press the brake pedal a few times to self adjust the rear brakes.
Re-tighten the handbrake adj last.
Front brake sounds like a seized caliper,If possible remove caliper and clean and lubricate the piston.
This may work but replacement caliper may be the only other solution.Make sure the caliper slides are also clean and lubricated and the brake pads are in good order.(TRY THIS FIRST)
Also new brake shoes can make the pedal feel spongy for a couple of hundred miles until they have been run in.

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My master brake cylinder has a leak and was replaced and also the brake line front and rear driver side. The pedal feels spongy what should i do?

I would make sure all the air has been bled out of the abs unit and all other components. Any air in the brake system will cause a spongy pedal and is not acceptable.

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spongy brake pedal indicates air in the system... have the brakes inspected for leaks as it leaks when you apply the brakes and sucks in air when you release them.


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