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TOPIC: Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal

Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal 4 years, 10 months ago #1

  • DartsKing
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The brake pedal in my 51 pickup feels soft and spongy. I've heard that means it's time to rebuild or replace the master cylinder. If I wanted to rebuild the master cylinder rather than replace it, how would I go about doing that? Would it be safe?

Re: Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal 4 years, 10 months ago #2

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It shouldn't be too hard to find a how-to site that covers brake work. However, faulty brakes are a major safety concern, so I think I might just go ahead and replace the master cylinder.

Re: Soft/Spongy Brake Pedal 4 years, 10 months ago #3

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Back in the day, mechanics used to rebuild everything under the hood, including the master cylinder. Nowadays, it seems like it's cheaper just to buy a new part. If you know what you're doing and you take your time, I think you could rebuild the master cylinder to like-new condition and not have to worry about safety issues. However, you'll have to find a specialty shop or website that sells rebuild kits. Now that parts are being made to replace rather than repair, those rebuild kits are getting harder and harder to find.
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