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Brake pedal is hard to push and the car doesn't stop very well

Could it be the brake booster? i can hear a air leak inside the car when i push on the brake pedal

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    air leak sound from brake pedal area brakes feel a little hard

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Yes it could be the booster.

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Im having the same problem as well. when i start my car and let it idle for a couple minutes or so i would go and push in the brake pedal and its really hard to push in. Ive read online that it could be my booster or that it could be my master cylinder?

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