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Q: My brakes are hard when depressed.

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when the brake pedal is pushed, the vehicle is hard to stop.

My car has 160719 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hey there, thanks for writing in. The brake...

Hey there, thanks for writing in. The brake booster has a bad vacuum supply or the booster internal vacuum valve is bad and the booster needs replaced. The complete brake system should be checked and diagnosed by a mechanic to verify the fault and proceed with the proper repair.

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