: Loss in brake pressure
03-23-2009, 10:55 PM
Good evening gents,
my '00 Focus used to have really sticky brakes - in a good way. When you tapped the pedal, the car started to slow pretty quickly. Now, the require more and more pressure to the pedal to get it to do slow down.
The car was due for brake job up front and I replaced the rotors and pads, is there something else I can do to quicken up the braking?
I am also aware that the car is 9 years old, however, I am open to suggestions.
03-23-2009, 11:24 PM
under hard brakeing, the hydraulic fluid in the brake lines tends to weaken the lines. thus, they tend to expand, so over time, you loose pressure slowly. I would bet someone's (not mine) left nut that if you got SS brakelines, you would be golden!! I doubt you hit an air bubble in the lines, but its possible too.
03-24-2009, 01:54 AM
^^^ Agreed. Stainless brake lines make everything much stiffer and more reponsive. Thats why I have them on almost everything I own.
03-24-2009, 10:57 AM
Ok. So these SS lines, are they something I could do? Or would I be better off living with the loss? I don't mind tackling a job if it's something that a novice could do. I'm guessing that I'd also need to bend these lines myself?
Any how to's or good info to offer?
03-24-2009, 12:13 PM
Before you start buying stuff, 1st thing you need to do is bleed your brakes. After you bleed your brakes and the brakes still don't feel up to par, then start troubleshooting.
Check the lines and master cylinder. The brake lines your checking for any weak points (areas where the rubber might aof expanded), the master cylinder check for leaks and check the seals.
03-24-2009, 01:03 PM
Ok, I'll do a search to find out how to bleed the brakes.
- Ok, I looked in the Chilton and it seems that I could do it with a brake bleed kit, or have my wife help out - lol. Any tips on the execution of this project? I've seen people talk of a kit, Mity something, any recommendations?
Thanks - as always this forum always comes through.
03-24-2009, 01:38 PM
I agree that you should first bleed your system. I also recommend that if you have never done a bleed job, you should first observe/assist someone who has. While its not hard, and no special tools are required, a mistake can have harsh consequences.
03-24-2009, 05:22 PM
I'm going to ask around to see if anyone's ever done one before I even attempt to do it. It seemed like something that should be simple but would really suck if I screwed it up somehow.
03-24-2009, 05:56 PM
Yes, not real technical, but find a buddy who has done it before, and buy him dinner and get him to do it with you. It will go so much easier.
03-25-2009, 09:48 AM
Thanks again for all the replies - you guys (and gals) always come through!