<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Your brake test will be if the engine running it in turn powers the hydraulic pump which provides power to the hydro boost brake system. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I think you meant "if your engine is NOT running."
It doesn't even require the key to be in the ignition...just step on the brake and the pump will start, giving you the vacuum boost you need to stop.
As a general note, Alpine Man, we do things in life every day that we could worry about. Heck, I have even know a person so paranoid that he would not leave his house. We never know what potential danger lurks around the corner. The question is, do we let it govern our lives or do we just trust that most of the time everything will be OK. The electric vacuum boost system in the Alpine is a backup system, not the primary system. The chances of failure of both system are EXTREMELY small. Ever flown in a plane? Some planes are single engine.....What would happen if ONE wing fell off....I shan't go on.
Before heading out, hit the brake and listen for the pump. Start the coach and head out....and have a wonderful time.....enjoy the drive.
'01 Alpine 36 FDDS