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Your brake booster went out, or you have a major vacuum leak, provided the pedal is still firm when you press it. It'll usually feel like stepping on a rock, but the brakes will still work to a small degree. The booster is more likely. If the pedal goes to the floor, you have air in the system, a blown brake hose, wheel cylinder, or caliper.

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