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My daughters car is a 1999 Saturn SC2. My mechanic says the brake pads/caliper, etc. are fine, but the pedal is very soft. What could be the cause? I checked the brake fluid and it is not low. The car stops/slows fine.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Rita, IF the brake pedal feels "spongy" there may be air in the brake system. You can address that by bleeding the brake system. There is a diaphragm inside the master cylinder as well, it may have a slight crack and cause the air to enter the system as well. I would start with a typical brake bleed to see if it "firms" the pedal up. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Rita, You could have a little air trapped in the system. Air compresses, unlike fluid. It may help to bleed the brake system. Suzanne

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