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Old 10-04-2012, 09:23 AM   #3
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tempo problems

Originally Posted by fordtempo View Post
I do not own a focus, but I am looking for someone with a little mechanical knowledge to help me out with my 93 Ford Tempo.

I recently did a complete brake job. New lines, new master cylinder, new rotors, etc. Everything to stop the car is new.

Everything was also bled too.

So I have a few questions...

1. The plastic dust guard behind the rotor on the Drivers side was gone, does that guard actually have a purpose? I notice many cars do not have them.

2. My brake booster makes a "woosh" every time I step on the brakes, although there is vac assist on the brakes.

3.The pedal seems to go down a little bit before the brakes engage, maybe this is just the way the car is?

4. The car pulls to the left while doing a hard brake, cause?

5. The seatbelts are disabled due to repair cost, the shoulder part is all the way back, is this safe?
1. Guard helps keep water & crud off the brakes, not "essential".

2."woosh" noise from booster is usually only noticeable when the car is stopped, engine off - usually masked by other sounds when the car is running.

3. A BIT of pedal travel isn't unusual, shouldn't be MUCH B4 brakes start to engage. How does it feel WITHOUT the engine? Do you get a hard pedal then after the vacuum ia used up? Noticeably less travel with the parking brake engaged would indicate the rear drums aren't adjusted up yet.

4. What about new calipers? do the wheels turn easily with the pedal released? SOME pull could be from a "sticky" caliper. Do the calipers "float" properly? They need everything cleaned & lubed to move sideways as the single piston starts clamping to equalize force on BOTH pads. if one moves properly & one doesn't you'll get a lot of "pull".

5. Not sure what you mean by "disabled", not wearing proper belts is certainly note "safe".

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