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Q: Brakes not working very well

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My brakes are at about 10% stopping power.

I would definitely NOT drive this car as it is a major safety liability. I would be willing to bet that there is a hydraulic leak somewhere that is losing brake fluid, or master cylinder failure. I highly suggest hiring a certified mechanic to inspect your entire brake system, and restore your braking ability before you consider driving your car again.

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