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Soft brakes my 1990 jeep cherokee has a very sof pedal feel the rear rums have been adjusted and the fluid does not leak and it is topped of please help

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I can only think of 4 possible reasons why your brakes feel soft...

1. Brake fluid contamination (any dirt in the lines can cause a blockage in the lines).

2. Air in Brake lines (any small amount of air trapped in the lines can effect your braking also).

3. Worn or leaking brake master cylinder. (causes loss in pressure for braking).

4. Damaged booster vacuum line/check valve, or diaphram (causes loss in pressure for braking also).

Hope this helps

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Then you will need a master cylinder or a brake booster

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