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My brake has been acting up lately. The pedal has a tendency to sink in while I drive. I added some brake fluid in there since the reservoir was a bit low (it wasn't empty). Since then I've been getting that sinking feel. One mechanic said that my master cylinder is faulty; therefore, causing the problem.

My thing is: He simply looked at the master cylinder and made a presumption. Can you tell a master cylinder is bad by just looking at it? Also, He told me all my pads need to be replaced - and quoted me $250 to do everything ( brakes and master cylinder) What do you guys think?
 

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This past November my brakes were doing the same thing. Basically, if I was stopped at a light sometimes the brakes would start to sink towards the floor and I would have to pump the brake quickly to stay stopped. It did not happen all the time, but at least once a day.

My mechanic changed the master cylinder and the brakes have been perfect since. It cost me $190 for parts and labor.
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$250 for new pads and a master cylinder isn't bad... I'm willing to bet the last time I had a master cylinder alone installed I paid $250.

Get the master cylinder replaced. It's a common Legend problem... he didn't look at the master cylinder and tell you it was bad (though - he may have... is it leaking fluid?) he made an educated diagnostic based on the symptoms you're experiencing when driving.

And for future reference, replace the brake fluid at least ever 2 years.
 
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