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Old 07-08-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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Brake issue

Im not very mechanically inclined so try to bare with me lol. Im on my way to work today and suddenly lose most of my brake pressure. I checked the fluid and it was low so i filled it but still have very little pressure. would this be a leak or something possibly more serious?

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Old 07-08-2010, 12:25 PM   #2
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Could be a leak anywhere. Calipers, hard lines, soft lines, master cylinder, push rod, etc. Also, it could be your fluid got low and you sucked some air in the system. If you don't see any leaks anywhere, try bleeding the system at all 4 wheels.

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Old 07-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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thanks. I noticed a squishing sound when i pressed the brakes so im thinking its a leak. hopefully it wont be too hard to track down
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You should see it dripping somewhere. Also could be a bad master cyl.

If you do NOT see it leaking anywhere, it might be that the resevoir was low due to your brake pads being worn, and your calipers are holding more fluid to make up the difference. If that is the case, bleeding and filling should solve the issue.
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It could also be the power brake reservoir. That is the big black think connected to the brake lines.
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ah ok. I was reading that a squishing sound can be a sigh of a bad booster? does that sounds like a possibility?
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Yes a bad booster can make it a lot harder to stop. Look for leaks first and then for a plugged vacuum line to the booster. Check the booster for a crack too. Has your fluid gone down?

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