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My breaks are spongy when i tap them but if i hit them hard they do stop

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Braking problems are serious business and should not be taken lightly. The braking system needs to be checked out. Check the master cylinder fluid level, condition of brake shoes/rotors/drums/calipers. A spongy pedal usually indicates a leak or air in the system and the brake system needs bled. Go to the autozone website at autozone.com and register your vehicle. It's free and you will have access to a full online repair manual for your vehicle. It will have detailed info on the braking system and the procedures for addressing problems like you have indicated. Sure hope this helps you find a resolution to the problem.

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