I have had a problem with my Brake Pedal sticking and I have to pull it out with my foot. I took it to the mechanics and they found that someone had put 'coolent' in the brake fluid which had contaminated it, so they flushed out the brake fluid 3 times, that didn't work, then I had the brake master cylinder replaced and although it isn't sticking everyday like it used to, it has happened twice in the last 3 weeks. Could somebody please help? I am tired of spending money and it's not working
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Re: Ford Escape 2001 model - brake pedal sticking
What pushes the pedal back when you release the pedal is a strong
spring inside the master cylander that pushes on the piston that moves
the brake fluid to the calipers and wheel cyls. This spring should last
the life of the master cyl. and replaceing the master cyl. is the only
way I know of to replace your weak spring or a piston that is hanging
up. Check all the linkage under the dash to be sure that there is not a
problem with your pedal linkage that is causing your problem
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check your brake lights. There are safety switches on the brake pedal lever or the clutch lever to prevent starting without your foot on the pedal. Often a Drivers' feet hit the switch and dislodge or break it.
Check and see if the brake lights work. There is an interlock system. The idea is to prevent runaway starts and some work by preventing the starter from cranking and others work by preventing shifting without a foot on the brake pedal. If the switch on the top of the Brake pedal lever or clutch pedal on stick shifts is broken or knocked off its' holder, the signal will not go through. For those units, the loss of a signal on Automatic transmission equipped cars can be diagnosed by looking at the brake lights. Stick shift models will need to have the wiring leads tested with a Voltmeter.
Looks like you might have a restricted brake hose,holding pressure in a caliper,a little like riding the brake.After the pedal gets hard,see which wheel is getting hottest,crack that bleeder and see if the wheel will then turn freely.If it does,the flex hose or some other part of the hydraulic system is holding pressure.
Check behind your brake pedal. I don't remember what the parts were called but the same thing happened to me. When you put your foot on the brake there is a plastic or rubber circle attached to the brake pedal that comes in contact with a switch. It causes the brake lights to come on. When you take your foot off the brake it turns the switch off and the brake light goes off. Over time this rubber or plastic circle gets worn and it is still in contact with the switch so it remains on. When this first happened to me I was able to adjust the switch so that the pad came completely away from the switch when I took my foot off the brake. The second time it happened I had to replace the pad on the pedal. I actually made my own because it looked like it was part of the pedal. I also had to replace the switch another time. The switch cost under $20.00 from a parts store.