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1988 cherokee 2wd brakes

How easy is it to change the breaks..? the brake fluid is fine, but im having to pump brakes to stop, otherwise the pedal goes down all the way and I cant stop. So Im assuming i need brakes.

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Your brakes are not the problem here. You need to have your master cylinder checked. The fluid level in the master cylinder may appear fine, but the valve inside may be failing, causing the pedal to go to the floor. This is not a hard, nor pricey repair, but if you have never delt with it before you might want a qualified technican do the repairs for you.

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i do think it is too late tho
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ricko

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