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Old 08-02-2000, 12:14 PM
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Though the vac system in my '84 300D is not 100% sealed, I do seem to have adequate suction for many of the related components. However, compared to the '84 Euro 300D I just traded this car for, I have to mash the brake pedal an appreciable distance, and with considerable pressure, in order to stop or slow down. The large vacuum lines going to the booster appear new, but I still suspect that my vac pump may be ailing. I have a vacuum tester, but I was under the impression I could only use it to test the vacuum system, and not the pump itself. Is this true? Is there an easy test for the vacuum pump?

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Old 08-02-2000, 01:44 PM
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You can test the pump for amplitude of vacuum but not volume. Anyplace you tee into the supply side of the system will give the amplitude (IF THERE ARE NO LEAKS). Thus the best test is at the first tee with everything else disconnected.

There should be no flow of vacuum through the booster unless the pedal is pushed, thus if you check the vacuum at the source tee with the line hooked to the booster it should give the same reading as if you remove the line and put your finger over it and retest. Same vacuum both cases then no booster leak inactive. Next step on the brakes. A large drop in vacuum will result but should stabilize and pressure build if the pedal is held with constant force (not pumped - pumping will continue to deplete and exhaust till there is no more reservoir of vacuum). Experience here is the only way to judge quantity of flow or pump capacity.

The main test for the booster is that the thing doesn't leak in either condition; only when pumped.

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Old 08-02-2000, 04:24 PM
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Thanks, Steve. I'll check it out.

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