1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome To LandyZone!

    LandyZone is the biggest Land Rover forum on the net. We have plenty of very knowledgable members so if you have any questions about your Land Rover or just want to connect with other Landy owners, you're in the right place.

    Registering is free and easy just click here, we hope to see you on the forums soon!

Spongy Brakes - Defender 90 2001

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by huffhuff, Mar 5, 2018.

< Previous Thread | Next Thread >
  1. huffhuff

    huffhuff Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Posts:
    759
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Home Counties
    Hi all,

    Over the last week, the brakes on the 90 have been getting a little spongy. On first depress of brake pedal, it goes nearly to the ground, then every pump after gets stiffer. They stay ok for a little bit, a few hundred yards and then back to pumping the pedal.

    I've not had chance to get out yet and look, any common issues? I'm guessing air in the system somewhere?

    Cheers all,

    huff-huff-a-roo
     
  2. Birdbrain

    Birdbrain Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    Posts:
    216
    Likes Received:
    9
    Leak from either the front calipers (discs) or rear cylinders (drums) or from master cylinder.
     
    huffhuff likes this.
  3. Colthebrummie

    Colthebrummie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2017
    Posts:
    2,536
    Likes Received:
    1,535
    Location:
    Thatcham
    Maybe air in the fluid but in my case, the shoes needed adjusting. The adjusters had rusted up and as the shoes wore, a gap between the drum and shoe surface got bigger. When the pedal was pressed, it went a long way, the second press helped and the third press of the pedal made the brakes work properly. It got through 2 mot's like that.

    Col
     
    huffhuff likes this.
  4. Gmacz

    Gmacz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2016
    Posts:
    666
    Likes Received:
    200
    Location:
    Forfar/Dundee
    if no leaks then master cylinder is usual cause.
     
    huffhuff likes this.
  5. huffhuff

    huffhuff Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2015
    Posts:
    759
    Likes Received:
    98
    Location:
    Home Counties
    Thanks all, will see if I can stick my head under while it's still light later on. Will leaks in these places be obvious?

    ta
     
  6. Riboid

    Riboid New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2018
    Posts:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Corroded or damaged brake pipes?
     
  7. neilly

    neilly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2011
    Posts:
    13,603
    Likes Received:
    5,249
    Location:
    Oxfordshireness
    Check your wheelbearings.....

    Plus, do you have drums or discs on the back?

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018
    gazman likes this.
  8. tottot

    tottot Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2010
    Posts:
    2,663
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    west wales
    If your brake pedal leg is damp and oily then the master is the cause.
     
  9. gazman

    gazman Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2011
    Posts:
    644
    Likes Received:
    89
    I ad a duff wheel bearing do this to me. It failed quickly but wasn't making any noise. Well not a normal wheel bearing noise that I could hear.
     
  10. the murfster

    the murfster Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2016
    Posts:
    27
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    tamworth
    Probally wheel bearing jack up & check,its worth checking ive had a wheel bearing collapse scared the crap out of me.
     
< Previous Thread | Next Thread >