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HArd brake pedal and low stopping power after changing brake booster

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I had my power brake booster go bad and I replaced mine as well as bleed the brakes that when I went and tried them out 'I slammed on my breaks early before getting to close to the light' that my car left skid marks all over that road because the brakes worked like power brakes should and yours sound like your booster was installed wrong or the pads are bad or you didn't bleed all the air out of the line. Your problem you described was like it felt before I replace brake booster ie lousy non power brakes when I had power brakes.

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Poor braking may be due to severely worn pads (disc brakes) or shoes (drum brakes), however, a common cause of "sudden" hard braking is the power brake booster either losing vacuum or failing, causing the brake sytem to lose the assist the booster provides and requiring a stronger effort by the driver to slow or stop the car by "standing" on the brake pedal with much greater force.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

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SOURCE: Buick Grand National vacuum brake conversion

^ Turbo Cars have Lots of Vaccum, Where did you ever get this idea from. I have personally converted 10+ Turbo Buicks to Vac brakes.

Make sure the check valve is okay at the booster. but it does sound like you have a bad booster.
Also, did you change the brake pedal to a Vac brake pedal?
They are not interchangeable.

Also, you should not have drilled the plenum, you can get a vaccum block to replace the plastic one on the top of the plenum with a vac brake port.

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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SOURCE: intermittant, low speed, hard brake pedal, no stopping

check for brake booster hose off

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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SOURCE: Vacuum leak /Power Booster problem?

Sounds like your Power Booster is bad.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009

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SOURCE: brake cylinder leaks at booster

you need a brake booster

Posted on Dec 25, 2010

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