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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-04-2003, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Weak brakes...What to do??

Is it just me or are the boosters on the CJs a bit weak.

A funny thing happened the other day. My girlfriend and I were out for a drive and she was behind the wheel. She is really into the jeep thing and loves to drive so I let her jump behind the wheel and chauffer me around. Well we were coming down a hill and the traffic light turns yellow and she steps on the brake and I waited for my rig to stop but it just kept going and went right through the intersection. Luckily there were no cars coming and we were ok. This leads me into my question. Have any of you all addressed the poor braking in your jeep? What did you do to make it stop better? Thanks all.

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Re: Weak brakes...What to do??

Could be your booster has gone bad, they do that. Do you have reasonable engine vacuum? Those 33s ain't helpin' either.
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Re: Weak brakes...What to do??

The booster is just a power assist device but does not improve braking power. The Jeep should still be able to stop the same; you just have to step on the pedal a lot harder without the booster working.
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Re: Weak brakes...What to do??

I have read about Navajo boosters, they are supposed to be one of the best. I was reading a review and the person who installed the new booster and master cylinder said he could lock them up with no problem and it took very little peddle pressure to stop his rig with 35ís.

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Re: Weak brakes...What to do??

My brakes kept getting softer and softer, like I had low pressure or bad MC. Turned out both rear adjusters were froze. Cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes and I stop tons better now. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Weak brakes...What to do??

In drumbrakes the pistons get stuck in the cilinders many times. You can either replace them or take them apart and clean them. I even smoothen them using 800 waterproof sandpaper. (Don't know if many of you disapprove.) I install them using blue brake grease. Don't use regular grease! I also sand the brakeshoes on the surface where they contact the drums and on the short edges to prevent them from sqeeking.
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