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Old 07-18-2004, 11:44 AM
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1984 380 SEL , vacuum problem ?

Don't know much about MB, but I'm helping a sister-in-law maintain hers. I have 2 possibly-related problems.

The brakes don't work as good as I think they should, takes
a lot of peddle pressure to stop it. I've replaced the pads on the
front passenger side, and the caliper on the front drivers side (the pistons were stuck).
Bled it OK. Plenty of fluid in reservoir. Haven't looked at the
rear disk brakes yet, other than to confirm that there are no
leaks back there.
The other problem, is the trunk won't open, even though the key
and push-button seem to work properly.

I did a search and got the impression that on some models of MB, the trunk uses a vacuum line to operate it. The brake booster also uses vacuum.
Other posts mention something about a 'vacuum motor' rather
than engine vacuum being the source. What is that ?

Could these two problems be related ?
Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-21-2004, 11:41 PM
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I do not think the two problems are related. If you already bled the front brake, you should do the same with the rear ones. Make sure you fill up the reservoir as much as you can in order to get fluid to rear brakes.

For door locks vacuum, in my 300E, the motor is under the rear seat. You have to remove the seat to access it.

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Old 07-22-2004, 12:27 AM
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Hard brakes can be from a bad brake booster or a vacuum leak not letting enough or no vacuum to the brake booster, A mighty vac vacuum tester is almost as nescessary as your keys when working on a mercedes auto. A non operating trunk can also be a vacuum leak on that vacuum line ,I have found the trunk lock to be the most touchy of the vacuum operated parts........

William Rogers........
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