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Brake pedal trouble

The brakes on my '03 Kia Spectra 1.8 liter will not stop the car till the car warms up. When it is cold outside the first couple of pumps of the brakes are very hard, not going down to the floor nor are they spongy. The resevoir is full of fluid. After a couple attempts of standing on the pedal to stop, it starts to work again without any problem.

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Have the brakes bleed first and if that does not take care of the problem have the master cylinder checked because the check valve in the master cylinder could be bad

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