Subaru Outback Brake Pedal Low Question

Old 11-19-22, 01:56 AM
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Subaru Outback Brake Pedal Low Question


Thought would ask here, first, prior to bringing
it into the Dealership.
Have always gotten such good advice thanks to you folks.

Have a 3 yr old Subaru Outback.
Very low mileage on it. Only about 14,000 miles

Brake pedal is a bit "squishy," and goes down very close to floor when depressed.
Otherwise, brakes are effective.

But, with one;y 14 K miles on it, it's hard for me to believe
that it needs new pads, or rotors, or...
Reasonable assumption ?

What might it be ?
Brake fluid low ?
Just a hopefully simple adjustment ?
Or ?

Would appreciate any thoughts.

Much thanks,
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Brake fluid level would be the first thing I'd check.
Is it still under warranty?
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Rotors, pads, calipers themselve would have nothing to do with the pedal position.

The first question that needs to be asked, has there been any leaks observed on the ground or inside a wheel? If that is a no then two other possibilities, a fluid leak inside the booster which would be confirmed from low fluid, or I'm going to bet a bad/leaking booster. A defective booster will cause the pedal to drop which may improve as the engine runs and provides vacuum. Does the pedal seem harder? Defective boosters provide less power to help stop so the pedal is harder to push.
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Thanks all.
Appreciate the thought.

No observable leak.
Pedal does not seem harder
Hadn't thought of the Booster.

Will now know a lot better what to discuss with Dealer's service.

Thanks again,
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I agree with the others. Brake fluid low or brake booster.
Back in the days before boosters (power brakes), it would be the master cylinder. I don't know if that would still apply on todays newer cars, but as far as I know, its still a possibility.

Good luck Robert........

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