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Brakes My brake peddel went softer and pumping is required to stop it. There is a burning smell when I stopped in the garage. Any suggestions?

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1st check your fluid level. Is it ok? If not, check under vehicle for leaks. Not sure about the burning smell, but low fluid, or a bad master brake cylinder can cause soft pedal, u need to check asap, as u could lose your brakes completely. Let me know what u find. Good Luck

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