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My brakes feel like they arent going to stop.

When I apply the brakes there isn't any noise but it feels like the car isnt going to stop and it takes a lot longer to stop

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  • Dylan Fagan Dec 03, 2012

    Is it possibly the brake fluid?

  • Geoffrey White
    Geoffrey White Dec 03, 2012

    Oops I said a dirty word LOL. That should be "press down firmly on the pedal" and "hear no noise"

  • Geoffrey White
    Geoffrey White Dec 03, 2012

    As to the brake fluid, usually old fluid gives you brake fade, where it starts OK but then you lose the brakes on repeated stops. But yes, check the fluid level first.

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This is most dangerous for you. I think that your power brake boost has failed, possibly due to a split vacuum hose. You can test this...
With the engine off, pump the brake pedal hard a few times. Then press down hard on the pedal and start the engine. You should feel the pedal sink perceptibly under your foot.
If this seems OK then your brake pads may be down to the metal on one or more wheels even though you here no noise. Remove the front wheels and have a look, as on p22 here (a later model).

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If the pedal feels spongy underfoot, and you can get better brakes by pumping the pedal vigorously, then there is air in the brake system, and it will need to be bled, as on p9

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