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Spongy brake pedal apears to be leaking fluid from brake booster

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I am pretty sure the break booster has nothing to do with spongy pedals that would have something to with the cylinders or master cylinder low fluid

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    I am pretty sure the break booster has nothing to do with spongy pedals that would have something to with the cylinders or master cylinder low fluid


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Check or adjust brake pedal, check brake booster or replace new one, check pedal return spring and bushing, check all wheel cylinder or replace, check brake shoe or brake pad, check brake fluid or replace,.

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