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Options on the "Spongy", or "Mushy", break issue?

 
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:52 PM
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Options on the "Spongy", or "Mushy", break issue?

This is on a 1990 f150, 300 6, 4x4. It needs new drums and pads desperately, has a new master cylinder. I don't think either of those are related though.

I was doing some digging for people in a similar situation. There is another thread running, "How good are your breaks" but I didn't want to hijack it for my Q. What I got from the other thread is that Spongy feeling breaks are fairly common. Is there a solution to firm them up? Is that just how the power break assist works on these trucks?

They work fine, I am just not digging the overall feel of them. I want them to feel like the breaks on the 72 Ranger XLT my dad has, nice and firm and you really know when you are about to lock up the wheels.


EDIT: Yet another thread running that moved to the top of the list while I was typing. "Brake Questions." I will read through that and see what I can find. It is on the Broncos, but might be relevant for me. Sorry for posting a repeat!
 
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:38 PM
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Do you have any leaks? When's the last time the brakes were bled?

The last few ford trucks ive had all had sort of an uncomfortable pedal feel, although they stopped fine. I bled the brakes in my truck so many times in hopes of solving it, but no luck. I dunno.
 
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:51 PM
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Put a new master cylinder in last week thinking it was fried, bled the breaks at that point. My initial thought was a bad bleed that left air in the line, but the breaks do work and pumping doesn't change the feel.

Oh, also thought I did a pretty good job bench bleeding the master cylinder...
 
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:47 PM
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Just an update for those who may be interested.

I replaced the shoes and drums, springs, E-Break Cables, clips, etc on the truck. Then adjusted them to where they needed to be. That crappy "mushy" feeling is 90% gone now.

The front breaks are in much better shape then the rears, but replacing them might be ticket to getting the pedal feel back to "Firm".
 
 
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