Hi all. My wife & I both have a Kia. She has a Rio & I, a Spectra. The other day while I’m out of town, she calls me in tears because while taking our daughter to the mall, her car’s brakes got real hard & refused to slow down. She pulled the parking brake to stop. She’s never had this problem as long as she’s owned the car. She bought it used about 3 yrs ago. It’s proven reliable, until this. I’m not very mechanically inclined with cars. So, would it be a leaking brake system or does she new brake pads? I’m hoping to avoid paying a mechanic a lot of $ just so he can tell me what I found out here. Once I get the info, then I can tell him what I need.