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hey guys a question for you was driving the car today and noticed when stopped the pedal continues to travel to the floor very slowly but if i lift off and re apply its harder again then starts to sink again very slowly ......my wife then said yes it went funny after she forgot to take the parking brake off for a few miles ( Woman's words for like a 10 minute drive on the interstate ) - it felt like she had no brakes after and it smelt bad ...but then it seemed ok after it was left a while .....( forgot to mention this to me she did ) so clearly she probably almost set fire to the rear pads lol ...anyway not sure if these are linked , but i dont seem to be loosing any fluid so im heading in the direction of a master cylinder !! what you guys think;)
 

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Thats what it sounds like, but you better pull the rears and check them. If you have rear discs then you may be okay. They can take a little more heat. If you have drums the seal in the wheel cylinders may be leaking. If nothing else take some sand paper and knock the glaze off the pads or shoes.

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no they are drums - you think i should just change out the rear shoes and cylinders first? as i can do that myself - im not sure i want to change a master cylinder lol that will be one for the garage - but then if im not loosing fluid the sinking pedal would have to be the master cylinder no ?
 

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I can relate on the 'short drive' with the parking brake on, my wife went 7 miles with an old Escort before she smelled the brake. I got real good at putting brakes in that car....

I would double check to make sure you aren't leaking fluid by pulling those drums and checking the seals on the brake cylinders. From there you should also see how damaged the pads and drums are and if they need to be replaced. It's probably time for a brake fluid flush and bleed which could be part of the problem too. While you are doing that it's also easy to do a visual inspection of the rubber brake lines. I've seen them start to bulge before they totally blow out and that can cause a spongy pedal. Good luck and let us know what you find!
 
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