brakes or lack thereof

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Fri Sep 20 14:32:39 EDT 2002

Brake pedal going to the floor and fluid level being unaffected means a bad
master cylinder, I believe.

There's no real connection between the brake MC and the power steering
system except for the power steering pump also supplying "power" for the
brake booster to which the brake MC is mounted.  Is it possible that the
brake MC not providing sufficient resistance to the brake booster makes it
work harder???  And that working harder "robs" some power from the power
steering system???  I'd think the brake accumulator, or "bomb", that's
supposed to store hydraulic pressure for operating the brake booster would
"cushion" the brake powering system enough to keep it from debilitating the
steering power.

Have you checked the "bomb" performance?  Turn off engine and count the
number of pumps before the brake pedal gets hard?  A good bomb allows near
30 pumps.

At 10:55 AM 09/20/2002 -0600, Mike Miller wrote:

>Last few days my steering has been a little stiffer than usual, especially
>at low speed/rpms - like when parking. Last night, I applied the brakes
>  newer UFO's) and the car slowed, then the pedal slowly went to the floor.
>It seems like the brakes work initially, then just total fade. Are these two
>issues related? Fluid levels are good.
>mike miller
>helmville mt
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