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Tech Talk with Master Power Brakes

How to: Diagnosing a Hard Brake Pedal

Posted by rick on Sep 18, 2017 11:28:21 AM

Do you have a brake pedal that feels hard to press?

You may have a bad booster, booster hose, or check valve. In this 'How To' post, we offer a simple checklist to help you diagnose potential causes of a hard brake pedal.

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Topics: diagnostics, hard brake pedal, hard brakes, how to, How To Series

How To: Diagnose and Fix Brake Drag

Posted by toby on Jun 5, 2017 4:20:00 PM

Whether you’re installing new brakes on your classic car or working on an existing system, brake drag can be a frustrating and challenging thing to diagnose and locate. On a positive note, the problem is usually a pretty simple repair once you find the culprit.

What Is Brake Drag?

Brake drag happens when the brake pads or shoes don’t release completely when the brake pedal is released, and is typically a result of mechanical issues or hydraulics. It is highly recommended to fix the dragging brakes as soon as possible, because it can lead to overheated parts and potential damage to the braking system, or worse yet, an accident.  

Referring to the checklists below will help you identify and repair your brake system’s brake drag woes so you can get back out on the road.


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Topics: brag drag, brake hose, classic cars, how to, How To Series, hyfraulic brake drag, master cylinder, mechanical brake drag, metering valve, repair

How To Series: Syringe Bleeding the Master Cylinder

Posted by toby on Mar 20, 2014 9:07:34 AM
Plastic Syringe for Bleeding Brakes

Some of our customers wonder why we include syringes with our disc brake conversion kits and how to use them.  This illustrated post explains brake system syringes and how to use them.

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Topics: bench bleeding, how to, How To Series, combination valve, master cylinder

Converting the 1965 Ford Mustang to Front Disc Brakes

Posted by toby on Nov 4, 2013 2:07:44 PM

 

 

Converting your 65 Mustang from drum to front disc brakes is a weekend upgrade project that will improve braking reliability and performance for years to come.  Like most muscle cars from this era, the 1965 Ford Mustang came equipped with drum brakes off the assembly line.  There are some enthusiasts who insist on keeping their cars as close to the original look and feel as possible – and we get that. 

At the same time, there are a number of reasons why folks convert from drum to front disc brakes. 

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Topics: Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Front Disc Brake Conversion Kits, how to, 1965 Ford Mustang, Converting From Drum to Disc Brakes

How To Video: Ford Mustang Front Disc Conversion Kit Installation

Posted by toby on Oct 24, 2013 2:18:07 PM

If you have ever wondered how easily a Legend Series Front Disc Brake Conversion Kit from Master Power Brakes installs on your vintage Ford Mustang, this video is for you.....

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Topics: Ford, Front Disc Brake Conversion Kits, how to, mustang, Install, Videos

How To Series: Correctly Calculating Brake Pedal Ratio

Posted by toby on Oct 10, 2013 9:52:54 AM

Pedal Ratio is one of the most overlooked parts of a brake system. One of the main reasons and causes of a hard brake pedal is simply due to incorrect pedal ratio. When a brake pedal gets modified to “fit” in a vehicle or a booster/master cylinder gets installed where it “fits” in the car, the pedal ratio is rarely taken into consideration. Proper pedal ratio is a must when installing and operating a brake system.

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Topics: brake pedal, how to, How To Series, causes of hard brake pedals, correctly calculating, ratio

Winterizing Tips for Your Classic Car’s Brake System

Posted by rick on Dec 21, 2012 10:18:45 AM

We have reached that time of year to put our toys away because winter is upon us. Much of the country has experienced unseasonably warm temperatures this year allowing us to enjoy our classic rides a little longer but the clock is ticking and winter storage is right around the corner.

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Topics: bleed brake system, brake fluid, how to, How To Series, Pentosin, winterizing. brakes system

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