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Brakes are mushy on my 2000 Ford Focus.

Master cylinder was low on brake fluid. Filled the mc and brakes are still mushy. Do I need to bleed the brakes, and if so, how? Thank you very much. Mike

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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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I would say your brakes are getting worn out because if the m.c. is low the only reason its low is because your brakes are worn down the fluid doesnt just disappear unless you have a leak just take look and see if anything is wet underneath.

Posted on May 11, 2009

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