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Brake Problems - '88 DL
Posted 18 January 2005 - 08:40 AM
One thing I noticeed is that if I press the pedal to the floor, then quickly release the pedal and press it again, I get brakes like I normally would.
I tried bleeding the brakes, and my fluid seems fine (a little yellow, but not that bad at all. I flushed the brakes about 18 months ago with a fresh litre of fluid.
Any ideas or suggestions? Brakes are one thing I don't know too well yet.
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:03 PM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:04 PM
If you didn't, then that is definitely the place to start.
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:15 PM
I had the exact same problem on my 88 DL wagon (and still do, to some extent, but not as bad). What causes this is the rear brake pads and/or drum wearing down. The pads are held in by a spring, so they always retract all the way. If there is excessive clearance between the pads & the drums, you have to "pump up" the rear brakes. The first pedal press pushes the pads out to make contact, and then subsequent presses actually brake the car. While the pedal is pressed, no fluid can return, so they work fine. When you let off the brakes, the springs slowly retract the rear brake pads.
The fix is to adjust or replace the rear brakes. There's an adjuster knob on the back of the rear brake mounting bracket that lets you spread the bottom of the shoes out to compensate for wear. It probably hasn't been touched in ages.
However, if you don't know when the rear brakes were last done, they probably are well overdue for a change. Pull the rear brake drum off (the bearing race is attached, so you'll have to pull the center nut off, and try not to get brake grime in the bearings). I'm betting the pads are badly worn, and/or the drum itsself is chewed up. Mine is badly torn up (1/4" or more depth) but I haven't been able to afford new drums (the hub & drum assembly is ~$60/side). I put new pads on and adjusted the slack, I now have about half a pedal travel to "pump up" the rear brakes before things work normally, but I can panic stop just fine.
So, go ahead & adjust things. I don't know why it would suddenly start acting like this, but I'm betting you'll find the answer to your problem in the rear brake systemm.
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:21 PM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:36 PM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 04:44 PM
No s***!? My GL has automatic strut-quadrant type adjusters. I find it hard to believe that they didn't have any sort of automatic adjustment mechanism on the DL models, but stranger things have happened.
Pulled apart any DL rear brake drums lately? There's no "automatic adjuster" setup - just a manual adjustment knob. The rear brakes are very, very simple.
Posted 18 January 2005 - 05:20 PM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 06:41 PM
Posted 18 January 2005 - 07:42 PM
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