Brake master cylinder may need replacing at 125,000 miles on Toyota Corolla

At 125,000-150,000 miles, the Brake Master Cylinder may need replacing. It is critical to adjust the brake pedal to Master Cylinder pushrod clearance or the brakes can drag and over heat.

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Average mileage: 183,131 (90,120–305,000)
7 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more2002, 2003, 2005
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2003 Toyota Corolla 90,120 mi,
First front right wheel was locked by brakes after stopping at the metering red light going into the freeway. Drove it to the nearest exit. after I stopped light blue smoke was coming out for a minute or so on the front right side. Twenty minutes later the brakes released by themselves and was able to drive back home. Bought front brake pads and replaced just the front right side only as I needed to go back to work. About a month later after I got home noticed the front left wheel was hot. The pads were touching the rotor. I could feel it the next morning, there was a slight vibration also. I was told by some friends to replace the calipers. Did that to both wheels. No change. Now Im told to take it to a garage or dealer as the master cylinder may be at fault. I have to do that soon.
1995 Toyota Corolla 305,000 mi,
Brake pedal slowly goes to floor but no signs of leaks anywhere.
1996 Toyota Corolla 198,200 mi,
Sometime the brake pedal would slowly go down when stopping, with a loss of braking power. This problem would come and go, with months in between occurrences. Pumping the brake would increase braking power.
1998 Toyota Corolla 189,000 mi,
My brakes just lock while I was driving trying to find the solution
1995 Toyota Corolla 150,000 mi,
hello, i have the same problem after totallly changing the complete brake system (front and rear), what the mechanic did wrong ? Thank you.
1997 Toyota Corolla 160,000 mi,
Front brakes self apply while driving and drag.
2003 Toyota Corolla 215,000 mi,
intermittent Brake drag from right front disc brake
My brake pedal goes all the way to floor with little stopping power
1997 Toyota Corolla 189,996 mi,
My Corolla was a hand-me-down from an older sibling. As such, this common error was not researched by my family or I: we figured that the spongy/soft feeling in the brake pedal was just something unique to older Corollas as no-one else had ever owned one. While trying to break in heavy traffic one day, the cylinder completely failed on me and as such I rear-ended the car in front of me. If you're purchasing a Corolla of older years PLEASE check out it's master cylinder before driving it: it's a somewhat cheaper fix for what it is, averaging $250-$350, and it really could save you a lot of time and headache.