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Old January 9th, 2006, 04:35 PM   #1
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problem with brakes

OK so i had new brake pads, rotors and calipers installed a year and a half ago. Things were goin ok, but then all of a sudden, i had to put the brake pedal alll the way down before the car actually stopped. A few times, my car actually moved forward even with the pedal all the way down. A few days ago, i took it to a mechanic, replaced the master cylinder and bleeded the brake system. Its still doing the same thing (brake pedal needs to be pushed down further). It doesnt stop on a dime. So the mechanic said maybe its the booster. Any ideas on what I should have checked out? I'm gonna have him check out the brake cylinders, check out the calipers and pads and make sure they are properly installed and make sure there are no leaks anywhere....but i really dont know what else the problem could be. anyone have any ideas?
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Old January 9th, 2006, 06:52 PM   #2
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It could be master cylinder, I have seen aftermarket master cylinder go bad from the moment it was installed.

To check power brake booster just pump brake paddle until it get stiff (2-3 times) and then with foot still pressing on brake paddle start the engine, if brake paddle go down then your power brake booster is fine.
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Old April 8th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #3
 
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You may want to check the brake lines. Some of the steel braid might have broken inside. The hose may be bulging when you apply the brakes. Also make sure that the master resavor is able to breath... Take the cap loose and listen to see if there is a sucking sound. Check you bracketry on your callipers.. if they are loose or broken, the caliper will have excessive movement and thus your pedal will have to take up that movement before the actual braking begins. Also check the fluid in the ABS... perhaps something is damaged in the modulator and simply allows the fluid to fill its resavor.
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Old April 25th, 2007, 03:08 AM   #4
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do what the mechanic said and change the brake booster.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #5
 
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do what the mechanic said and change the brake booster.
I do not understand... The brake booster simply multiplies the force from your foot TO the master cylinder. He is having no problem pressing the pedal to the floor. Obviously, the brake booster is functioning. Replacing it will simply waist money.
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