Malfunctioning breaks Honda 98?

Discussion in 'Wheels / Tires / Brakes / Suspension (All Gens)' started by 98civichonda, Oct 18, 2011.

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  1. 98civichonda

    98civichonda New Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have a 98 Honda civic.
    I have new front breaks.

    While I was driving my handbreak light kept turning on and off. I parked and when I went to use my car again, my foot break had no more pressure and went straight to the floor and very slowly started to slow down and I had to use my hand break to stop.

    Any idea's of what happened?
    how much will it cost to repair?
  2. chromal

    chromal New Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2009
    Evergreen, CO
    The brake light can turn on if the hand brake is pulled. It can also turn on if the brake fluid reservoir is low. It sounds like you may have a brake slave cylinder leaking, or possibly a leaking brake line. Look for brake fluid on your wheels or inside the wheel wells. Caliper rebuild kits cost about US$5, removable brake lines are pretty cheap, too. If it's a hard line or the master cylinder that's leaking, you're looking at something more expensive. If you pay a mechanic, you're probably talking about at least US$100 or up.
  3. JohnS.

    JohnS. BANGARANG Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    New York
    Agreed. Low brake fluid seems to be the most likely cause for brake lights that come on. I would start at your MC/firewall and check for leaks.


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