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Why is the brake pedal on my toyota corolla so low?

My Toyota Corolla is a 2001 model. When I want to brake, i step on the pedal and then push it to the really bottom, it almost touches the carpet.

Do we have to fix it? And can we do it our selfs?

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Check the level of brake fluid in your master cylinder. If the level is down you may have a leak in the system somewhere.Please get this checked out as it could result in the loss of braking. Ralph

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+ If he pumps the brake and the fluid is low will the pedal come up some?

It might but if keeping pressure on the pedal and it "fades" that's an indication of a leaky Master cylinder. If topping off use the proper fluid as specified in the manual or on the master cylinder Don't mix fluids or use "opened" fluid as it can take on water which will fade as it heats.

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rj713 makes a really good point: be sure to get it fixed. A soft brake pedal like that is a serious problem, and is indicative of a leak in a brake line. You will be able to add brake fluid on your own without any problems. Go to your local auto parts store and ask them for the right brake fluid for your car (probably DOT 3 brake fluid). As per the probable leak, take it to a mechanic and have him/her do a thorough inspection of the brake system and make the necessary repairs. This should be about what your engine compartment looks like. I don't have exact info, but the master cylinder is most likely the amber/clear reservoir with a black cap in the far right of the image I provided.

Until you can get more brake fluid in and the car in for service, pumping the pedal a time or two should build up pressure in the system thereby raising the pedal, but only for a few seconds.

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+ very good

+ Good info. Low fluid or a leak will cause the brake pedal to be spongy. If you haven't already (I know this question is a little old), you'll probably want to take it in to get this fixed, because you have likely let air into your brake lines, and they will need to be bled. Unless, of course, you are a do-it-yourselfer, and want to bleed your own brakes (not recommended unless you have 2 people and one of them has done it before).

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Check your drum to shoe adjustment in the rear. This will cause a long pedal.

The problem you're experiencing also exists on the newest generation corollas.

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i have a 2000 corolla with the same problem and after i adjusted the rear drums the problem went away

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Check the fluid level on the master brake cylinder (found on the firewall on driver's side).... If fluid is low, you have a leak in the system. Add brake fluid and have a mechanic examine the brake system for a leak and repair. If the brake pedal rides low but is firm and the brake fluid level is normal....the low brake pedal could be caused by the rear drum brakes being out of adjustment (if the car is equiped with rear drum brakes). In any event, don't take a chance on malfunctioning brakes and get the system repaired ASAP.

John Carroll

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