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Soft Brake Pedal Feel (Merged Thread)

I have a 2015 Foreter XT with the cvt transmission. The car has 3k miles and recently, it seems that the brake pedal feels softer than it did previously. I do mostly stop and go city driving. The car stops fine. The brake pedal does not feel as firm as it did when the car was new. I was just wondering if this is in any way related to the squishy brakes syndrome that I have been reading about on the forum.

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It's probably due to the pads bedding in and maybe even some normal wear to go along with it. You may want to consider a master cylinder brace to firm up the brake pedal feel.

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It's probably due to the pads bedding in and maybe even some normal wear to go along with it. You may want to consider a master cylinder brace to firm up the brake pedal feel.

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Hacksaw, would you recommend the Cusco or the Perrin?
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Either or, they both will do the job. The Cusco is cheaper.

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Thank you so much. I just ordered the Cusco.
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I ordered the Cusco brace last week. I'm kind of a brake feel fiend, so we'll see how it works out.
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I don't notice it until I drive my wife's GTI and then get back into my Forester, then I think the brake pedal is going to go to the floor!!! I drove my brother-in-law's Altima the other day and surprised myself when I stepped on the brakes for the first stop sign. I guess a master cylinder brace is in my future too. Braided stainless steel brake lines could also help a little bit.

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I ordered the Cusco brace last week. I'm kind of a brake feel fiend, so we'll see how it works out.
I was just notified that my brace shipped today so I will probably get it sometime next week. I will post my findings after the brace is installed.
Please post your opinion of how the brace worked for you.
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I don't notice it until I drive my wife's GTI and then get back into my Forester, then I think the brake pedal is going to go to the floor!!! I drove my brother-in-law's Altima the other day and surprised myself when I stepped on the brakes for the first stop sign. I guess a master cylinder brace is in my future too. Braided stainless steel brake lines could also help a little bit.
I just noticed the change recently and it is quite a change in brake pedal feel from when the car was new six months ago. If the brace gives me back the pedal firmness that I was used to, then it was a cheap price to pay.
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I have a brace on my 16 xt and like it. I have the Perrin,seems to work well,
they all do the same job,wish I would have known about the Cusco,its quite a bit cheaper. ed

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I just installed my brace this evening. Rest assured that it's a considerable improvement.
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Glad I saw this thread. I've only been driving my XT for a few weeks now but I absolutely hate that I have to press the brake pedal down so far before I feel the car begin to stop. Such a difference from my last car. Glad to see that there's something we can do to improve this.

Is this common on all Subarus or just the Foresters?
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I watched the video, he removed 2 bolts & installed 5, nice trick. What am I missing?
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I remember seeing a service bulletin for this problem and the fix was to replace the brake master cylinder.

Haven't gotten around to changing mine, but I'm thinking about it. Don't like the feeling of braking hard and having the pedal travel almost to the floor.

On the other hand--How does the pedal brace work?
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I am not sure if this was posted before on the forum.
Here is a link to check TSB's and wiring diagrams for any car
BBB Industries - TSB's & Wiring Diagrams
I just checked and there are 31 TSB's for a 2015 Forester but none of them have to do with brake pedal issues.
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