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2003 Toyota Camry Question: WILL THE REAR BRAKES CAUSE THE BRAKE PEDAL TO BE SOFT?

 

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mehrmok, Palatine, IL, July 17, 2013, 16:24
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HAD MY BRAKES CHECKED (BECAUSE THE PEDAL FELT VERY SOFT AND HAD TO BE PUSHED DOWN A LOT) AND THE GARAGE THAT CHECKED IT TOLD ME THE FRONT DISC BRAKES WERE FINE BUT THE REAR SHOES/DRUMS WERE BAD AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. WONDERING IF THE REAR BRAKES ARE CAUSING MY PROBLEM WITH THE BRAKE PEDAL!!

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    July 17, 2013, 16:41
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    How many miles on the car and have you ever replaced the rear shoes before? Tell me that and i will explain!

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    mehrmok, July 18, 2013, 10:56
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    It has 110K miles and the rear brakes have never been replaced

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    pushrod, July 18, 2013, 14:27
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    I own a 2002, 175,000 mi. never touched the rear brakes, check them at every yearly inspection but never replaced them. The reason is the front brakes do the biggest part of the braking on mine, i have always thought the rear brakes were inadequate! Now your 2003 may be different but i dont think you need new brakes, drums and a lot of work! I could be wrong, another shops opinion cant hurt but that is up to you.

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    mehrmok, July 19, 2013, 12:50
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    Thanks. I am getting a second opinion from another mechanic on Wed. Will let you know what he finds out.

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    pushrod, July 19, 2013, 14:57
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    Please do as i am curious as to whether or not the 03 has any better brake bias to the rear! Mine does not. That is one thing i have noticed about other Camrys that are 2002 year mod. The park brake don't even hold good unless you really pull up hard on the handle!

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