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Do I need brake fluid or a major fix?

Just a few hours ago as I was driving I was cut off out of nowhere and slammed on the breaks harder than I have in my whole life. I came an inch away from an accident. My breaks were working perfectly before this happened, now when I step on them they go pretty much to the ground and feel soft and like they are barely even braking. my break light came on which I didn't even know I had. It says Break P I. Does this sound like I just need break fluid or something serious could have occurred? Thanks

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More Serious--- like rusted out brake tubing
needs to be replaced or you blew out a flex hose
Nothing to do with the event of a sudden stop
That car is so old you need lots of restoration
work i would guess, just to be safe to use
May be a good time to part with it

Posted on Jul 11, 2013

Testimonial: "the car is in very good condition for its age. I got a tune up recently. ive never had any problems with my breaks. the second this happened the brake light came on and they go to the seems like this happened because of the stop. it was a very very close accident."


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When there is such a feeling, it is the brakes that needs total replacement.

Also you might have to check the master brakes for any leaks. And you need to check the bushing rubbers on the steering rack too.

Be careful and fix this on time.

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