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AAZCD Reader
6/8/18 10:19 p.m.

The next problem...

It wasn't really a surprise, but I was hoping it wouldn't happen. The throttle issue remained rare and intermittent. Other priorities came up, so I put off starting on the major work I had planned for the car. I kept driving and enjoying it. Then one morning on the way to work, the brakes started dragging.

I had this happen once before on one of my 1999s. A little water got into the brake booster. The moisture led to corrosion. The corrosion bound up the master cylinder. The car was still sort-of driveable. It started happening on my 1999 when I was about 500 miles from home and I quickly adapted to pulling the brake pedal back up with my toe every time it stuck. With the SE, I stopped driving it and set it aside for a couple weeks.

Today I got to work on fixing it. There's a great DIY on Renntech.org that I found the last time I had this problem. The biggest difference between the DIY and my experience is that the car they have is a right hand drive and mine was a left hand drive – The ABS unit is blocking access to replacing the booster on US cars and has to be moved slightly to make room. I recorded video of the process and I'll put it together and upload it in a day or two.

I removed the booster from my 2001 S parts car, checked it over, cleaned it a bit, and installed it. I still have to finish up with brackets and trim, then test drive. I'll pull apart the bad one for forensics and post some pics. I actually had considered pulling the booster out of the SE and checking for water in my initial recovery of the car, but that is just as much work as replacing it when it failed. I chose to be hopeful rather than preemptive. In the end, no loss other than a part removed from my parts car. I had the job about 90% done this evening when it was time to wrap up and go to work. I'll finish up tomorrow.

AAZCD Reader
6/10/18 1:04 a.m.

It's all back together and working well again. Here's some pictures of the corrosion that was binding the brake booster:

Here's the video:


white_fly Reader
6/10/18 1:22 a.m.

Thanks for documenting all this. It's both interesting and informative!

AAZCD Reader
6/26/18 11:14 p.m.

Back in the water for a few pics...

I took a long way home from work and stopped at a ford for few pictures. Did I say few? ...I took over 100. It was a 'candid', unplanned stop. After seeing the pictures, I really want to go back and try different angles, lighting, depth, etc.

jfryjfry HalfDork
6/27/18 1:07 a.m.

It looks like the car is super anxious sitting in the puddle....  I don’t blame it, bad memories and all.

MarkKerrigan New Reader
6/27/18 5:18 a.m.

Looking good, keep going and good luck!

Woody MegaDork
6/27/18 6:45 a.m.

In reply to AAZCD :

You have mail.


white_fly Reader
8/29/18 5:40 p.m.

May we assume all is going well?

AAZCD Reader
9/3/18 12:43 a.m.

In reply to white_fly :

Yes, all is well with the flood car. I just stepped out of the office and took this pic as I work night shift into Labor Day:

As noted, I still have a little work to finish. August has been a little crazy here. Busy month at work, wedding on the East coast, flight simulator in Louisiana, and a funeral on the West coast. I didn't do anything to the car and barely drove it other than back and forth to work. I was going to drive it about 6 hours to Shreveport, LA the week before last, but just wasn't ready to take the chance of a problem so far from home. Had to drive a '99 instead:

I think I'll have time for a few projects in September and maybe drive it to San Antonio at the end of the month to visit family. ...unless SWMBO insists on a SUV.

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