2002 wrx wagon, 65k miles, recurring problem w/ brakes.
'have to push the brake pedal a long way before brakes engage.
this has occurred before but the first time it was sort of intermittent, half the time the pedal was good, half the time the travel would be long.
I'd cleaned up the brakes myself and then had a shop take a look at them - no improvement
Having the brake fluid changed took care of the problem completely.
It's occurring again but this time it is consistent and not intermittent.
I'm thinking there might be a broader problem.
Last fall I took apart all four brakes, again, and cleaned everything - steel-wooled til shiny all of the slider things that the pads sit in - and carefully applied brake lube before reassembly.
I lightly scuffed the surfaces of each pad and put a small bevel on the leading edges - I've also had some squealing problems.
The problem develops slowly, nothing dramatic, until you realize that the brakes are really lousy.
The rotor surfaces are good. Have been using Hawk pads front and back.
Still like the car a lot, after all these years. Well, except for the lousy low-end torque and stuttering clutch.
Did searches of the forum but wasn't successful in finding anything.
Anybody got any ideas?