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Old 03-22-2004, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Brake Pedal Problem

Hey I'm new to this forum. I have a 1998 Outback wagon. I recently replaced the front brake pads. However, I noticed before and after the new pads were installed that the brake pedal travels too far before the brakes start to work. What can I do to get the brakes to work when the brake pedal is slightly pushed?
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:36 AM   #2
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Bleed your brakes?
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Old 03-24-2004, 01:59 PM   #3
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A mushy brake pedal is common to most Subarus due to the two-stage brake booster implemented. Some of this undesired trait can be alleviated with the use of stainless brakes lines to eliminate the flex in the rubber OE lines. There is also a stiffening bracket that can be installed on the end of the master cylinder to prevent flex. Of course, a good bleeding always helps as well. The most extreme step, excluding upgrading the calipers, would be replacing the booster with a single-stage unit.

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