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Old 02-19-2007, 06:31 PM
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How do you know when your brakes need bleeding? My pads and rotors seem fine but when i brake there is a lot of dead space and no pressure until i push them low. And if I hit them hard they push back. I don't have ABS.
Old 02-19-2007, 07:49 PM
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Yeah sounds like they need some bleeding.
Old 02-19-2007, 10:17 PM
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I don't think its the master cylinder because it doesn't feel like the power brakes are failing, there is just not a lot of pressure... but if it is one of the symptoms I'll get it checked out... do you know the other symptoms?
Old 02-19-2007, 11:08 PM
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Thanks for that link, but the difference is my brakes don't feel weak... I feel like I still trust them in a bad situation... and i don't have to push lower to stop the car, its just very airy (if thats a word)
Old 02-20-2007, 03:11 AM
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Default RE: Brakes

The thread that Poser linked described a different problem. The difference can be a little subtle...

Air in the lines:
The brake pedal is initially soft & sinks low, but the brakes work. Usually the pedal comes up higher if you pump the brakes. Bleeding the brakes thoroughly should take care of this.

Bad master cylinder:
The brake pedal is firm when you first press it. But if you hold it with moderate or low pressure (like at a red light) it sinks slowly & smoothly to the floor. Usually the brakes work OK if you have to press them hard. Bleeding the fluid sometimes helps but it's only temporary.
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