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Question: What Is Brake Fading?

Answer: Brake fading is the term used to describe when the brake pedal is squishy or spongy and not as responsive to the pressure applied by the driver's foot. Brake fade is caused by water moisture in the braking system that changes from a liquid into a gas when it reaches the boiling point. Liquid is not compressible, but gases are easily compressed. When the moisture in the brake system is liquid, the brakes will respond normally; however when the liquid becomes a gas it will become compressed creating gaps in the fluid which negatively impact the effectiveness of the brakes.

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