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Old 19 Dec 2010, 11:31 pm
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Default brake problems 91 honda accord?

i have a 1991 honda accord lx automatic

recently my brakes have been acting up

i have to depress the pedal all the way to the floor and hard to come to a stop

what could this be?

i also noticed when i was turning it felt like my car went a little sideways

its hard to describe but it was a wierd sensation

as you turn, it felt like the rear wheels would turn too or possibly loose lugs on a tire

what is this??
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 11:46 pm
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The brake pedal thing sounds like it could be a bad brake booster. The turning sensation you felt is called oversteer. It is nothing to be concerned about, it happens when the back tires temporarily lose traction.
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:01 am
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why don't you get yourself a car from THIS century?
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:16 am
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it seems to me that you may have one or two of your wheels braking when you push the brake pedal down. if you have brakes working on only one side then this would give you that very strange sensation.

Have it looked at immediately
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:31 am
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The brake pedal going to the floor is almost certainly the master cylinder. (Not the brake booster, which makes the pedal hard if it fails.) Honda master cylinders have an extra seal that prevents leakage when the cylinder goes bad, but the classic loss of primary circuit pressure is still there.

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Old 20 Dec 2010, 12:46 am
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Have it checked by a trusted auto technician. Don't risk it anymore than you have. Brake inspections are usually low cost or free. What you could do in the mean time is check the "master cylinder" reservoir. If it is low add some brake fluid to the full line indicated on the side of the reservoir. Make sure you secure the cap properly so it does not fall off and allow fluid to escape. Also make sure the fluid you put in is labeled brake fluid and brake fluid only. It is possible you have a brake hydraulic leak causing the low pedal. Adding brake fluid may only be a temporary fix at best. The master cylinder itself may be failing or another brake component may be leaking fluid as well. Also there could be many other related problems with steering or suspension components. If you don't know how to add brake fluid, you cant have it added for next to nothing at any shop.
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Old 20 Dec 2010, 01:01 am
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Have you checked the brake fluid level to make sure it's full? If it is then your master cylinder might be bad. Maybe the brake booster. You better get that checked like YESTERDAY. You don't want to mess around when it comes to brakes. As for the car going sideways did it just happen once or does it happen all the time? The first thing to check would be the wheel lug nuts. If they are tight then you need to look underneath the car at the suspension components to see if anything is worn like a control arm or any rubber bushings. Your Accord is front wheel drive(FWD) so it's HIGHLY UNLIKELY to oversteer. FWD cars are prone to UNDERSTEER which means the front tires will "plow" and want to continue going straight when making a hard turn. Rear wheel drive cars are more prone to oversteer by design.
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