Brake pedal hard to push down when hitting the brake, you need to step extra hard on the brake pedal for the brake to function.
Troubleshooting car problems of hard to press brake pedal during braking
To determine the cause of the problem observe the car engine, when the engine runs rough the possible problem is that the vacuum hose is broken or there is a leak somewhere the vacuum hose. However when the engine runs rough only when the brake pedal is depressed while the car is park then the possible problem is that the canister is failing.
There are other types of brake like the hydro-boost, when the car speed does not change when the brake pedal is depressed then the car uses hydro-boost brake unit.
Possible Cause of Brake Pedal that is Hard to Push Down When Brake is Apply
Bad or failing power brake unit
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How to Fix Hard to Push Down Brake Pedal
When this kind of problem happens to your car the first thing to do is to identify what type of brake unit installed on the car by looking under the hood. Look for the power brake unit in between the master cylinder and the fire wall it should be a plastic or metal canister with 10” to 14” in diameter. Once you locate the vacuum assisted unit, check the hose that connects the unit to the engine if there is crack or leaks, if so then replace the hose. If the hose is fine then no other option but to bring the car to the car shop for diagnosis and repair if necessary.
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