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#91 of 113 Re: Brake issue [peteymugs]
Nov 19, 2007 (12:03 pm)
I have had that problem before with a couple of 1969 vehicles; in those cases, the diaphragm in the master cylinder (under the hood) was kaput. I doubt that is your problem in this case, though.
#92 of 113 Re: Brake issue [peteymugs]
Nov 19, 2007 (5:10 pm)
You most likely need to flush/bleed your brake fluid system. That is generally what that pumping action means. Probably when you adjusted them you may have lowered the fuild level below the full mark in the master cylinder and introduced air to the system.
#93 of 113 Re: Brake issue [paisan]
Nov 20, 2007 (5:59 am)
Thanks Mike...... do you happen to know the bleeding procedures?..... I was told that there is a sequence that has to be followed when bleeding the subarus similar to rotating tires, meaning that you can't just pick a side and bleed.....
#94 of 113 Re: Brake issue [peteymugs]
Nov 20, 2007 (7:19 pm)
You want to start with the brake furthest from the master cylinder and work your way closer which usually means right rear, left rear, right front, left front.
The proper proceedure uses 2 or 3 people.
Crack the bleeder then re-tighten.
Have the person in the car pump the brakes tight, person cracking brake line should say "Open".
Crack the bleeder while they apply pressure til the pedal hits floor, then keep pressure and say "floor".
Person at the wheel then closes the bleeder and says "Closed".
The pumper in the drivers seat then pumps them up again and says "Hard"
Rinse and repeat this. You'll probably need to do it about 20x on each rear and 10x on the fronts.
The 3rd person can keep checking the master cylinder, or else it will run dry.
This will flush your fluid and drastically improve braking and extend the life of your brake system. It should be done every other year.
#95 of 113 Re: Brake issue [paisan]
Nov 20, 2007 (8:19 pm)
I need help with a different problem. Two weeks ago the pulley went and cause the timing belt to jump. Repair ran $775.00 on my 2000 Forester. But the engine misses now and the dealer (who I am not happy with) said I have valve damage but did not say which ones. I wonder did he put the belt on correctly. The engine had 254,000 on it. Are the CD versions of the manuals off of eBay a good buy? Thanks
#96 of 113 Re: Brake issue [peteymugs]
Nov 21, 2007 (10:38 am)
The order for our Subies is:
1) right front
2) left rear
3) left front
4) right rear
#97 of 113 Re: Brake issue [ateixeira]
Nov 21, 2007 (6:47 pm)
Odd, I've done Right Rear->Left Rear->Front Right->Front Left for 10+ years w/o issue on 100s of cars....
#98 of 113 Full brake replacement on 2006 Forester at 53K?
Mar 31, 2008 (10:24 am)
there was a ticking sound coming from the back end and my dealer told me I needed all new brake pads and rotors? Car only has 53K mile thought that was really soon - had the car since new and have done 15K, 30K and 50K service
#99 of 113 Re: Full brake replacement on 2006 Forester at 53K? [noc]
Mar 31, 2008 (10:25 am)
For pads that's normal, but it's a bit early for rotors. You may want to get a 2nd opinion on those.
#100 of 113 Re: Full brake replacement on 2006 Forester at 53K? [ateixeira]
Mar 31, 2008 (6:05 pm)
Pads are way over due. You may have gone too far and ruined the rotors.
Most subies take rotors at 60-80k miles.