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Old 07-14-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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I bought a used 98 legacy wagon and the brakes were shot on it. I have replaced shoes and pads, and also rear wheel cyclinders but the pedal is still soft even through the car stops pretty good. I thought a new master cyclinder would fix it so I replaced it but it did not change anything, any suggestions? I have bleed the master cyclinder and the brakes still have soft pedal.
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:56 PM   #2
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With everything you've done they should be fine. Is this your first Subaru? You may not be used to the soft feel of most Subaru's brakes.

You could also try steel braided lines and the master cylinder brace.
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With the car off, pump the pedal 20 times. If you are able to pump the brakes the full 20 times without hardening, you probably still have air in the system.... If it gets hard after 5-8 times your fine.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:33 PM   #4
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No I also have a 97 Legacy wagon and the brakes are very firm and good on it. Both of these are right hand drive postal wagons and the brakes seem fine except when I change from one car to the other, it is then easy to know the brakes are not quite right on the 98.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:36 PM   #5
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I will check this, I was planning on taking them to Midas to have them pressure bleed them, but I dont think they have air in them.
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