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'71 Power Brakes Low Pedal?

xccter

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Just happened yesterday.

The brake pedal seems about 2 inches closer to the floor than usual when brakes engage.

Pedal high and hard before I start the car, then as soon as it turns over, the pedal sinks to it's new lower than usual spot.

Still good firm feel, and brakes seem to be working well, but lower than it should be. Doesn't feel mushy like air in the lines. M/C full.

Of course this happened when I'm 96 miles away from all my tools and shop manuals.

Any ideas?
 

xccter

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Okay guys. Never mind the original question. The left front caliper has indeed sprung a leak. Off to the parts store! Thanks anyway.
 

xccter

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Always replace calipers in pairs is my rule of thumb. Did the rears about 4 months ago (leaky left rear), and knew I should have done the fronts while I was at it. Thanx.
 
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Always replace calipers in pairs is my rule of thumb. Did the rears about 4 months ago (leaky left rear), and knew I should have done the fronts while I was at it. Thanx.

Or better yet, REBUILD both calipers. Rebuilding is really quite easy.

Gary
 

xccter

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I want new calipers with stainless sleeves in 'em. I'll get a pair of Wagners "loaded" and ready to put on. Thanks though. I just rebuilt the calipers on my '88 a couple months ago.
 

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