Ladies, has your late model vehicle’s brakes been acting funny? Perhaps it’s been pulling to the side every time you depress the pedal or making horrendous squealing noises. Either way, you may want to consider conducting a simple brake booster check. My husband taught me how to conduct the test. Based on my experience, it is extremely easy to do. It will also help to determine whether the problems you are experiencing rest within the brake area or somewhere else. With that said, here’s how to do it:
Start by getting inside your vehicle and sitting in the driver’s seat. Continue by placing your foot onto the brake pedal and applying downward pressure until your foot stops. Keeping your foot in that position, turn the car on. Once the car starts, the brake pedal should ideally drop down further. If it doesn’t, you may have a booster problem.
Nonetheless, continue with the procedure by pumping the brake five to 10 times. Each time that you do so, your brake foot should end up in the same start and stop positions. Should it respond differently, jot down your observations onto a piece of scrap paper. Next, press the brake down again and hold it there. While your foot is in that position, shut the car off and check your watch. Whatever you do, do not remove your foot from the pedal. Proceed by letting approximately 30 to 35 seconds elapse. Hopefully, your brake pedal will remain in position during that time. If it doesn’t, it’s not a positive sign.
Lastly, turn your vehicle’s engine back on and check your watch again. Let the engine run for 60 seconds then shut it off. Once the engine shuts off, immediately start pumping the brake pedal with your foot. If all is well with your vehicle’s brake booster, the distance between pumps will shorten. If that proves not to be the case, record that information onto your piece of scrap paper as well.
Unfortunately, at this point, it is fairly safe to say that your vehicle’s brake boosters are in need of some professional care. Therefore, you should make an appointment to have them serviced. However, before you do, check your vehicle’s parking brakes too. That way, if need be, you can have them repaired at the same time.
Parking Brake Test
To check your vehicle’s parking brakes, place your foot onto the pedal. Then apply downward pressure with your foot and count how many clicks you hear. Based on my experience, you should hear a minimum of five clicks. Whatever the number is, write it down onto the paper with the rest of your brake check results. Then call your trusted mechanic. Let them know the results of your tests and make a service appointment for as soon as possible.
Source: Personal Experience
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