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Old 05-21-2013, 08:52 AM   #1
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Strange brakes


Can anyone out there give me a hint about the brakes on my new-to-me 1983 Pace Arrow?
The manual talks about brake pedals going to the floor, that these brakes are different somehow and that it's alright? That kind of behaviour doesn't make sense to me. Breaks should be firm. When I drove it off the lot, the brakes went almost to the floor, but the MH did stop. So, I drove it twenty miles home and although the pedal went almost to the floor at each stop, it DID stop. (Never tried any hard, panic stops) About halfway home, the red brake light on the dash came on and stayed on. Backed into my spot. Tried the brakes while sitting two days later, the light was off and I had a bit more pedal. (The result of backing self-adjusting brakes?) My first guess is brake fluid level. I found the master cylinder by taking off the doghouse lid and searching with a flashlight but there's no way to get to it. Is there a panel under the rug for access before I go ripping up my carpet?

In short, HELP! Once I figure this out (and get the generator to start), we're ready for the open road, and we really want to go!

p.s. Many thanks to the person on this site with the hints on changing the alt. belt from the top. Very easy.


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Old 05-21-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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The master cylinder reservoir is under the driver position, behind the left front wheel well. Generally, turn the wheels full right and crawl up behind the left tire to find the master cylinder reservoir. Use mechanic's inspection mirror to get a view of the levels.

Most gas-engine chassis use the power steering pump for brake assist instead of vacuum, like cars use. The pedal feel tends to be soft until the pedal is low, but not on the floor. It should be firm from that point, but not hard.

If you discover that the brake fluid level is low, inspect the brake system to determine why before adding fluid. The warning light while running suggests something needs attention.

Eric & Holly + 2 kitties from New Hampshire
1992 Winnebago Adventurer 32'
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:55 AM   #3
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Many thanks, your info tallies with my thoughts. Your explanation is better for my understanding than the manual. Oddly, my '94 GMC Van has the same system, although the pedal is different. In retrospect, the MH pedal did not go all the way to the floor and so I can stop obsessing about it. Will check fluid level. Gasp! If M/C is full, no repl wheel cyl or MC? At least, thanks to you, I can check the M/C. yogibere
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