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Brakes will not work. Still mushy after bleeding.

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Check your hose that goes to your master cylinder you may have vacuum leak there. Let me know what did you find!

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SOURCE: Brakes are mushy on my 2000 Ford Focus.

first you need to find where the fluid has gorn .
check for leaks at wheel cylinders and master cylinder i may be leaking inside the car under the carpet thats where it will show up some times or it could be leaking into the booster .
if no leaks are found hold your foot on the brake and if it fades away the master cyl needs replacing.

to bleed the brakes start from the furthest cyl far away and work towards the fron of car will need two people to do properly dont forget to bleed the new cylinder first
good luck lindz

Posted on May 11, 2009

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