Last post on Feb 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM
You are in the Subaru Legacy & Outback
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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Sedan, Wagon
#13 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [drzini]
Feb 09, 2011 (10:09 am)
Some describe the pedal feel as "mushy", but I wouldn't call it unresponsive.
#14 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [ateixeira]
Feb 09, 2011 (11:18 am)
I agree. With the age of the car, it is entirely probable that the brake fluid is very old and needs both replacement and bleeding. "Unresponsive" is not a descriptor you want for a braking system!
I did that once, and it was the longest 1200 miles I ever drove!
#15 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [xwesx]
Feb 09, 2011 (5:08 pm)
So-this is what happens. When the brakes are applied it doesn't feel like the car will stop there and then. There's a car a slower stopping time. Brakes applied and no immediate grab. I have a 2000 Volvo and it has the right feeling. This is kind of like my first car. A '48 Chevy. So, I guess a change of fluid? Take off the wheels and have the shoes etc checked? Otherwise, it's had 4k miles a year, driven regularly in classic stop and go manner.
#16 of 16 Re: 2000 Subaru Outback Legacy brakes? [drzini]
Feb 10, 2011 (6:26 am)
You didn't mention what year your car was, but I assume it is an early decade model also? Early Outbacks of this body series (2000, 2001 & very early 2002) had undersized brakes given the weight of the vehicle, and didn't stop as well as later cars. I drove a 2003 back to back with my 'first build 2002', and the difference was night & day. After that I upgrades with different rotors & pads and it helped, but you just cannot address this without upsizing calipers & carriers, etc.
Aside from design issues, you need to have your system checked out. It could be fluid related, glazed pads, a frozen caliper, trashed rotors, etc.