Could my brake issue be related to my transmission problem? Neither are constant. Brake problem= sometimes the brake pedal feels hard, like there’s no power brakes (I drove a car once. …looong time ago. … that had no power brakes or steering) but it will kick in after a short distance. Transmission prob= seemingly unrelated, is a problem shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. This has happened maybe a 1/2 dozen times, the first time and mostly when in heavy commute traffic and when going between 1st and 2nd gear because of the slow commute speed, but also at other times when not in lengthy slow commutes. When it doesn’t shift, the odometer doesn’t work (shows only dashes) and an engine light comes on (the sprocket/gear looking one). Usually the transmission will eventually shift and the light goes off.
I read that the brake problem might be a vacuum hose problem? Something about a booster? Is this dangerous? or is it like having a car w/ no power brakes?
Going to have my transmission looked at this week. Read on another site about dropping valve seats on this year car. If there’s a major transmission problem, I’m wondering if it’s worth fixing? I just put $2k into it, timing belt, water pump, front and rears brakes, tires. Please advise! Thx! ps. 143,000 miles.