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Old 09-26-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
Rob axel
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03 SE brake issues? hard pedal, soft braking

I have been searching without any success, so please excuse me if this has been addressed at one point....
My daughter has a 03 SE (85K), disc front, drum rear brakes....yesterday she complained she could not stop and the brakes were not working....Being the Dad I am, I checked the car out....seemed ok, hard pedal, not to much travel..and the brakes seemed "ok". so I tried a little "hard braking"....I had to literally stand on the never reached the floor though...
I replaced the pads and put a non directional surface on the rotors...bled the brakes and it didn't seem much better....
the "assist" seems to be working (hard pedal, start car..pedal moves slightly)... is there a chance the master cylinder may be bad? plunger moving past the front then to mater how hard I tried I could not get the front to lock (no anti-lock)..
any ideas?

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