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'88 Toyota Supra, Variable Brakes.

Q: The brakes on my ’88 Toyota Supra seem to need more pressure on the pedal as the car heats up. On the first few stops, the brakes feel fine. As I drive, the more I use the brakes, the harder I find myself depressing the pedal. It feels like the pads are not stopping, or losing their stopping power after a little distance. Also, the pedal gets stiffer and harder to press as the problem progresses. I have replaced every component of the braking system except the actual brake lines that run the length of the car, everything from the master cylinder, booster and proportion valve to the calipers, rotors and brake hoses at all four wheels. The problem persists.

- Roger

A: Check the vacuum supply hose to your vehicle’s power brake booster. With age and oil contamination the vacuum supply hose can become soft. Soft to the point that, when warm, the hose collapses. When this happens the vacuum supply to the power brake booster is reduced or even blocked. With little to no vacuum being supplied the brake pedal gets real hard to push. Instead of just pushing with your big toe to stop the vehicle, it takes both feet firmly planted on the brake pedal to get a response. I’ll bet a coffee that you have a vacuum supply problem.

 
     
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