@Tester you’re right that the brake master may be failing
But I have one of those Camrys, and so does @galant and we know they didn’t have a great pedal feel to begin with
And I also know that many people don’t notice things for quite awhile, even though they’ve always been that way
And I also know that even with a brand new master cylinder, bench bled and everything, if you’re stopped at a light, if you want to, you can “push right through” if you’ve got a real lead foot
A few years ago, one of the guys in our fleet was complaining that he could push his brake pedal right through, stopped at the light
Even though I could find nothing wrong with his truck, or the brakes . . . he had hydroboost, by the way . . . I decided to replace the brake master, just “to make him happy”
Of course, it didn’t change everything. After bench bleeding the master and doing a brake flush with the diaphragm brake master, nothing changed
I gave it back to the guy, and he brought it back. I told him to show me his problem. He started the engine, got in the truck and pushed his solid lead foot right through, so to speak. I explained that was normal. I wish I could explain in a better way why it’s normal. I knew right then and there that the guy was probably up to something
Anyways, I told him to leave the truck and I’d check it out again. Of course, everything was normal.
I talked to the guy’s boss, and it was an enlightening conversation. The boss explained that the guy was a demon driver, with a lead foot, and that he’d crashed several vehicles already, due to his driving habits. One more crash, and he was fired. The guy was a demon driver, and didn’t want to admit to himself . . . or anybody else . . . that the crashes were all his fault. He was looking for that needle in the haystack, so to speak
I explained to the boss that the guy’s brakes were in tip top shape. Plenty of meat on the rotors and pads, no runout of any kind . . . I measured, so I know, fresh brake fluid, no leaks, no air. I even told him the guy’s truck stops on a dime, and the brakes were in better shape than some of the other trucks, which happened to be true.
The boss said he’d take care of it. He had a talk with the guy. I don’t know what was said, but that guy never invented any bogus stories about supposed defects again. The next time he complained about something, it was something tangible, and it was obvious he wasn’t making it up. I think it was an engine oil leak.