Dangerous Accord?

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Bob,
I have an old Honda Accord, but it's not quite mine ... yet. I have it registered and smogged and it's in good running condition but I don't have it insured yet, so it won't be on the road for a couple more weeks. Anyway, I've driven it up and down the street, that it. I haven't gone faster than 15 or 20 mph, but when I go to stop or brake I'm pushing the pedal almost all the way to the floor before I feel the car start to slow down. Also, when I have the car in park with the engine off, I pump the brakes and it doesn't seem to resist at all. What could be causing this? About how much would it cost to repair? How dangerous would it be to take it out on the roads when I do get insurance? Thanks so much!
Jessi

Jessi,
There are several things that could cause the pedal to go very low. One being worn brake pads. Another could be misadjusted rear brakes. Another could be a leaky hose somewhere. The final reason could be a bad master cylinder. I would check in the order listed. And get it fixed before you drive it.

Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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