Brake booster fault?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Peter Humphreys, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. I have a 1994 Honda Accord US Wagon.
    When the motor stops the brakes have no boost at all.
    I also have a Nissan Primera & the booster retains its vacuum when switched
    off, sufficient for about 3 applications of the brakes, which is normal.
    Could the non return valve to the booster be faulty? It has done 163,000
    Peter Humphreys, Oct 16, 2005
  2. It could be either the valve or the booster; they're about equally suspect.
    The hoses to the valve should not affect the ability to retain vacuum. The
    valve is easy enough to check by pulling it out and giving it The Kiss of
    Test. You should be able to blow through it from the booster end to the hose
    end but not the other way. Now wipe that silly black ring off your lips. :)

    If the valve tests okay you are probably in the market for a new booster.
    (The "probably" is from doubts whether pushrod adjustment can cause your
    symptoms - you can check the adjustment by following the link below.)
    Replacement is a medium DIY project with tight spaces, and wrecking yards
    are the most affordable source (I paid $75 US to a they-pull-it yard for the
    last one I did.) If you have to replace it, and you go the DIY route, check for pushrod
    adjustment info.

    Michael Pardee, Oct 16, 2005
  3. Peter Humphreys

    jim beam Guest

    it should retain vacuum. as mike says, test & replace accordingly.
    jim beam, Oct 16, 2005
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