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Hard Brake Pedal | Poor Brake Performance | Try Measuring Engine Vacuum

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Apr 2, 2016 1:34:11 PM

People who are helping diagnose certain brake problem conditions - in particular a hard brake pedal - often suggest that you measure the vacuum pressure. The advice will sometimes mention that your engine must produce more than 18” of vacuum to give that nice easy pedal feel.  In fact, we just provided that explanation in our recent Tech Talk article on diagnosing causes of a hard brake pedal.

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Topics: Tips and Info, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Master Power Brakes, Hard Brake Pedal, rear disc brake conversion, front disc brake conversion, Power Assisted Brakes, measuring engine vacuum

Valving Issues Related to Hard Brake Pedal

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Sep 9, 2015 7:37:33 AM

We started this 4-part series examining possible vacuum pressure as the cause of a hard brake by picturing a driver's inability to apply his brakes in traffic because the brake pedal is too stiff - requiring an inordinate amount of pushing power. An extreme scenario for sure, but the horror of a hard brake pedal can strike at any time. In power booster equipped vehicles, the issue is more common than you may think. Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in Rocket Science to diagnose and fix the glitches that are hardening your pedal.

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Topics: Tips and Info, Master Power Brakes, brake valve, Brake Boosters, Power Assisted Brakes, Silent Vacuum Pump

Converting to Power Assisted Brakes Part I:  Why Booster Size Matters

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Jun 25, 2015 10:49:41 AM

Converting from manual to power-assisted brakes is a major upgrade and one of the most common projects that we discuss with customers. Due to the different size requirements for brake boosters and master cylinders, you may need some help sorting out the available options to optimize your vehicle’s brake system performance. That’s where the tech pros here at Master Power Brakes really shine.

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Topics: How To Series, Master Power Brakes, Hard Brake Pedal, calipers, disc brake technology, tech tip, Brake Boosters, Power Assisted Brakes, Converting Power Assisted Brakes

3 Tips For Better Classic Car Braking

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Oct 3, 2014 11:24:18 AM

Most classic car owners fall into one of two camps. On the one hand, we have a small minority of owners with rare, museum quality cars. In most cases, these folks are reluctant to make any changes to their cars because even the smallest modification means losing an important part of automotive history. On the other hand, we have classic car enthusiasts that modify their vehicles for better performance and safer operation. 

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Topics: Tips and Info, Master Power Brakes, conversion kits, tech tip, rear disc brake conversion, front disc brake conversion, Power Assisted Brakes, Drum Brake Upgrade Kit, Disc Brakes vs Drum Brakes, Better Classic Car Braking

Justifying the Cost of a Disc Brake Conversion Kit

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Apr 30, 2014 10:23:45 AM

We recently received a note from the owner of a 65 Mustang asking us to justify the cost and expense of converting his car from drum to disc brakes. We field this question on a regular basis, so we thought it made sense to share our thoughts with our readers.

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Topics: Tips and Info, Disc Brake Conversion Kit, Master Power Brakes, Ford Mustang Brakes, disc brake technology, conversion kits, tech tip, rear disc brake conversion, front disc brake conversion, Power Assisted Brakes

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