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Mark Rutherford wrote:
Have a weird brake problem. I thought a new bomb would fix the problem but
Bought the car about 1 year ago. It had a bad power steering fluid leak
from the rack that the PO was keeping it filled with regular power steering
fluid. At this time the brakes were not to bad and the steering was fine.
I continued to use regular fluid until I could round up parts. During this
time the brakes became increasingly worse. Got the parts together about 3
months ago. Before replacing any thing I started using pentosin, let about
2 liters run through the system. First I replaced the rack at which time I
removed as much fluid as I possibly could, and refilled the system with
pentosin. This fixed the leak, but the brakes were still bad and the
steering was still difficult to turn some times(low system pressure caused
by regular power steering fluid). About 2 months after that I replaced the
pump. Removed as much fluid as I could. This fixed the steering problem
but not the brake problem. Today I replaced the bomb in hopes that it would
fix the brakes, no change in the brakes though. The only part left in the
system is the master cylinder, could this be the problem. Any suggestions
would be greatly appreciated.
You didn't indicate which car/year/engine, or what the brake problem is.
Assuming the type 44 turbo (5000/200) and others...
master cylinder is boosted by the servo (run off the same hydraulic system as
the steering pump/rack). Top return line to the pentosin reservoir leads back
to the servo. Run the engine, out of gear, parking brake on, in park if
automatic. Shut off the engine after about 5 minutes. With the system under
remove the hose that returns 'spent' hydraulic oil to the very top of
the reservoir. If it's still dripping after three or four minutes -
the servo is leaking. Really shouldn't be dripping; spec says a couple
drips/minute is ok.
Don't overlook sticking calipers, old flexible brake hoses, air in the brake
hth, chris miller, windham nh, email@example.com