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Why Does My Brake Pedal In My MINI Feel So Soft?

When driving your MINI, you're going to frequently step on the brakes when you need to decelerate or come to a stop. Each time you put pressure on the brakes, the pressure you exert should remain consistent. However, if your vehicle has a soft or spongy brake pedal, there's a deeper problem going on.


If any of your vehicle's brake system parts (master cylinder, brake calipers, brake fluid, or brake lines) are defective, it can lead to mushy brakes. Thankfully, you can rely on the technicians at Nixon Automotive to detect and fix your springy brake pedal to give you a safer ride. Below are some of the common causes of sponge-like brakes.

  • The most popular explanation for a spongy brake lever is air trapped in the brake system. Brake fluid does not mesh well with air, causing it to become less effective. 
  • Rusted brake lines can also develop small cracks that develop into leaks. If your brake lines are compromised, bend, and crack from vehicle accidents, making them more susceptible to severe problems in the long run.
  • Too low of brake fluid can also alter your brake's compression characteristics. Consequently, you may notice a longer brake time and distance. Brake fluid maintenance is key to healthy and functional brakes.

A soft brake pedal can significantly increase the braking distance in your MINI. It can put you at a higher risk of collision and related injuries. 


If you suspect you need brake repair, you can count on our qualified techs at Nixon Automotive. For reliable auto services in Burnaby, BC, please call our team at (604) 262-1141 or schedule an appointment online today.

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