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Hi, My 2005 Legacy wagon's brakes work fine when the pedal is depressed way down -- but the pedal travel (before the brakes grab) is way too much. The dealer says it's just because "the brakes are 45% worn." But aren't modern brakes supposed to be self-adjusting as they wear? Thanks in advance for your help. Don

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  • dcameron2 Aug 19, 2010

    Yes, I'm concerned about the safety issue -- that's why I've been trying to get the brakes fixed!

    My old Volvo's brakes worked fine when the pads were half-worn. I can understand replacing pads when they're 80% worn, say. But can you only get half the pad life out of Subaru brakes before you have to replace them? Seems unusual?

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Friend, You are right when you say that modern brakes are self adjusting. BUT, there is a limit to it. You cant expect it to adjust till it wears out completely and the metal starts touching metal on the other side. Please get the brake shoes changed as it would not only solve your problem but also be safer to drive the car. All the best, friend.

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  • Rinoo Kumari Aug 19, 2010

    OK.
    In that case please get the linkages adjusted. Or do it yourself. There should be 3/4th of an inch play in the brake pedal. And have you got the brake fluid checked? Its level in the reservoir. Do that too, now that you are at it.

  • dcameron2 Aug 19, 2010

    The brake fluid level is fine (and the pedal play doesn't decrease when the pedal is pumped).
    Bu the pedal play is at least 2 inches!
    I paid $35 to get into the Subaru Technical Information Site and looked up the service manual. Here's what I found (in the brake bleeding section):
    "Specified pedal stroke: When depressing brake pedal with a 500 N (51 kgf, 112 lb) load: 95 mm (3.74 in) or less."
    So apparently, even if I have brand new brakes, an almost-4-inch pedal play is considered acceptable! Is this believable?

  • Rinoo Kumari Aug 19, 2010

    Amazing car you have. (I am about to replace my car. I will remember to ask the dealer about the plays and percentages of the brake shoes.) Pedal play of almost 4 inches is really unheard of. Can you adjust the linkages? That is the only solution left with you now. Other than new brake shoes.

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