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Old 09-09-2016, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rocky raccoon View Post
The air side of the piston sees atmospheric pressure whereas the fluid side sees pressure exerted by the brake pedal. If the fluid is on both sides of the piston, brake pedal pressure cannot transfer to the wheel cylinders.
I think you are conceptualizing the theory behind vacuum power.
If the fluid is on both sides of the MC piston that is simply it being ' hydrolocked' and only with regards to initial position recovery.
The force in use here is the power first of the driver's foot.. then possibly amplified by the power booster, then the piston pushing the brake fluid.
Now, if you were thinking about the power booster... you would be closer to correct.
The brake fluid confined by the tube in the MC and pushed by the foot has no place to go except down the lines to the pistons at the brakes pushing on the brake pads....
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Old 09-09-2016, 11:02 PM
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Holy necrothread atmagc

Yeah, if its spongy after driving, but not right away, then like you did, check for a dragging caliper or something causing heat -- those symptoms are the classic boiled brake fluid ones. Brake fluid boils at a lower temp when it has lots of water in it, but if the wheel is hot, its probably dragging or a bearing is failing, causing the brake fluid to boil. The water will just make it easier for it to happen.
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