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Brake Question

weather: cloudy
outside: 6.6°C
mood: curious
We're scheduling the TSX in for maintenance soon, but you guys would probably be quicker.

I step on the brakes and the car stops — wow, do I have a mind-blowing, tremendous understanding of motor vehicles or what?

Anyway, shortly after I'm fully stopped, the brake pedal sinks a little under my foot. But I don't have a problem stopping. I can brake hard and it's still fine...

Not that I do that...     <_<         >_>     often...

What's up with the brakes? Should I be worried?

And, as luck would have it, this doesn't happen when userinfoHusband Guy drives. He says he's never felt that before. I used to get this all the time with Champagne and it was more severe with hers, but I'd had the brakes looked at and nothing was ever wrong. I thought I felt it with the Knight Ridah too, although it's been so long, I could be hallucinating it.

Oh, I guess I didn't write that I've already sold Champagne. I sold her the weekend I was laid off... that's probably why I didn't say anything. I was too down about Work and Life that talking about selling My Girl™ would have been too much.

[Update - Wednesday, May 11, 2005]

It was the master cylinder.

Acura ordered a new one from Japan and replaced it at no charge for the part or labour. But as I was leaving the Service lot, I noticed the brakes were really really soft. So, I parked it again and went back inside to let them know. The brake fluid was bled and replaced properly, but they thought there might be air trapped still. So, they kept The Car Girl another day and had a staff member give me a ride home that evening.

I picked it up again the next day. They were very apologetic and said they bled the whole thing again, but no air came out, so they weren't sure what it was. They didn't charge us for it. This is something I dislike about Acura's service. Things don't always feel right after they're fixed or changed. The staff has done everything right, nothing is ever wrong, they're always very very nice to me, they apologize, etc., etc. But there's always still something not quite right. And there's nothing I can do about it because they're doing everything they can.

The brakes are stiffer and are fine now, but they still don't feel the same. They don't grab as well as they used to. They're fuzzier than before. *sigh* Straight from the factory, Acuras are wonderful wonderful cars. As soon as you get anything replaced though, it feels like a totally different car. I can even feel the difference after they replace an O2 sensor. I must have a True Princess Butt™ or something. =P


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Apr. 13th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
When the brakes have been looked at, have they checked the master cylinder?

I had a similar issue with my Impala.. only instead of braking normally, it would brake slowly, but it still did that extra depress thing at the end. Also - check the brake fluid, and see if it's low :)
Apr. 13th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Master cylinder, brake fluid. I'll mention those, thanks =)
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
Could be air in the brake fluid. Does the pedal feel spongy at all?
Apr. 13th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Hmm... not especially so. All brakes feel spongy to me, so I'm not sure I understand what you mean though.
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Apr. 13th, 2005 06:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking that might be why I don't remember anything dire about Champagne's brakes... they just replaced the fluid and charged me for it. =)
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
my older sister was having issues with her clutch pedal, she said it was getting harder and harder to push it down with her foot so she can change gears. she took it to the shop and the guy told her it was because her plastic floormat was getting all bunched up underneath the pedal.

sorry, that had nothing to do with your entry. it just reminded me of that story.
Apr. 13th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
Hahaha... =D
Apr. 13th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ok I didn't know you had a TSX?!
Apr. 14th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Yup =) August 2003.
Apr. 15th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's the master cylinder. I had the same problem with my Civic.
Apr. 15th, 2005 03:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, they said they felt it too when they called W this afternoon. They have a new master cylinder on order for us. =\
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