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Old 02-06-2009, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, new member. Forgive me if I am posting this incorrectly. I have an 07 Taurus SE with 46,000 miles on it. Mostly Highway. Occasionally the brakes will feel spongy and much less responsive. I inspected the pads and they are well over 60%. I bled the brakes and this did not solve the occasional spongyness. I am not sure if it is the master cylindar or not. Is there a known issue with the master cylindars on these year Taurus'? Thanks!
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Original pads or some aftermarket ones?
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Back-up in reverse and slam the brakes. This triggers the self-adjustment in the drums.
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They are the original pads.

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Back-up in reverse and slam the brakes. This triggers the self-adjustment in the drums.
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I tried that a few months ago and I do not recall it making much of a difference. I will try it again as soon as the ice melts in my driveway. Thanks!
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Hello, new member. Forgive me if I am posting this incorrectly. I have an 07 Taurus SE with 46,000 miles on it. Mostly Highway. Occasionally the brakes will feel spongy and much less responsive. I inspected the pads and they are well over 60%. I bled the brakes and this did not solve the occasional spongyness. I am not sure if it is the master cylindar or not. Is there a known issue with the master cylindars on these year Taurus'? Thanks!
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Do you hear any creaking/binding sound when you push down hard on the brake pedal? I had my master cylinder replaced under warrany at 52k, but these cars always had a mushy brake pedal, even when new. The dealer said they see a lot of Taurus' in there for that problem, usually around this mileage. Mine feels a little firmer after they put in a new cylinder, but is still mushy by my opinion. I still have the original brakes on mine at 68k, I have about +40% in the fronts-mostly highway miles of course! When the brakes feel spongy, is it after stop and go driving? This is called fade, it happens when the brakes get very hot, like in heavy city traffic. The harder ceramic brake pads are more prone to heat build up. Try to anticipate stops and leave some distance, your brakes and insurance company will thank you.
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Hello, new member. Forgive me if I am posting this incorrectly. I have an 07 Taurus SE with 46,000 miles on it. Mostly Highway. Occasionally the brakes will feel spongy and much less responsive. I inspected the pads and they are well over 60%. I bled the brakes and this did not solve the occasional spongyness. I am not sure if it is the master cylindar or not. Is there a known issue with the master cylindars on these year Taurus'? Thanks!
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Do you hear any creaking/binding sound when you push down hard on the brake pedal? I had my master cylinder replaced under warrany at 52k, but these cars always had a mushy brake pedal, even when new. The dealer said they see a lot of Taurus' in there for that problem, usually around this mileage. Mine feels a little firmer after they put in a new cylinder, but is still mushy by my opinion. I still have the original brakes on mine at 68k, I have about +40% in the fronts-mostly highway miles of course! When the brakes feel spongy, is it after stop and go driving? This is called fade, it happens when the brakes get very hot, like in heavy city traffic. The harder ceramic brake pads are more prone to heat build up. Try to anticipate stops and leave some distance, your brakes and insurance company will thank you.
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Now that I think of it there is sometimes a point at about 1/4 pedal where it feels like there is a binding on the pedal. It almost feels like pushing through a small piece of ice. There is not any abnormal sounds except for mild squeeking under light braking at low speed. There has always been noticeable fade in city driving but the soft brakes pedal is intermittent no matter the temperature or the driving conditions. Thanks for the post about the master cylindar.
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Now that I think of it there is sometimes a point at about 1/4 pedal where it feels like there is a binding on the pedal. It almost feels like pushing through a small piece of ice. There is not any abnormal sounds except for mild squeeking under light braking at low speed. There has always been noticeable fade in city driving but the soft brakes pedal is intermittent no matter the temperature or the driving conditions. Thanks for the post about the master cylindar.
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I wonder how many other people with the '07's had this problem besides us. I wonder if a recall may be in order? At least the master cylinder is a pretty cheap part on these cars. Once mine was replaced, it made a world of difference in the brake pedal feel, was yours manufactured sept of '06? Could be a bad batch of master cylinders.
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You should go to the NHTS site and file a complaint.

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Now that I think of it there is sometimes a point at about 1/4 pedal where it feels like there is a binding on the pedal. It almost feels like pushing through a small piece of ice. There is not any abnormal sounds except for mild squeeking under light braking at low speed. There has always been noticeable fade in city driving but the soft brakes pedal is intermittent no matter the temperature or the driving conditions. Thanks for the post about the master cylindar.
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I wonder how many other people with the '07's had this problem besides us. I wonder if a recall may be in order? At least the master cylinder is a pretty cheap part on these cars. Once mine was replaced, it made a world of difference in the brake pedal feel, was yours manufactured sept of '06? Could be a bad batch of master cylinders.
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Manufactured 04/06. Glad I purchased the extended warranty.

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Thats not a bad idea. I will see if the local dealer has seen much of this as well. With all the Taurus' on the road in the area here I would hate to think of all the cars with potentially faulty brakes.
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The service adviser at the dealer where I had the master cylinder replaced told me they seem to see a lot of them in around the same mileage, simular years, so there's a pattern of failed parts. I wonder how many other members on here also have had master cylinders fail around 50k?
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