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Good Morning,

I am looking at purchasing a 2012 Cruze Eco 1.4

I noticed that the brakes seem to be really stiff after the car sits and when I back out of my driveway.....
Any ideas on what this could be...
I did see that there is a past recall on the braking system but that recall has already been taken care of...
Love the car, just worried about cost of fixing that problem.

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Most cars have stiffer brakes right after startup. This is because the vacuum based brake assist isn't a fully sealed system, allowing air to seep in over time. As long as the brakes are normal after one or two pumps I don't worry about this. All my GMs (list below) have exhibited this behavior.
 

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There was a problem with a vacuum switch on some models that was subject to a recall. If it's not that, then perhaps the vacuum pump has gone bad.
 

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When I put the car in reverse the car will not stop unless I pump the breaks a couple of times.. Almost hit a car parked on my street...
My thought just doesn't seem right..
I'd say there may be a problem with the switch that turns on the vacuum brake assist. This switch should be active as soon as the car starts.
 
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