Disconnecting Brake Actuator Rod

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  1. Drew Hierwarter

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    Here we go again. Has anyone disconnected and then reinstalled the rod between the master cylinder or brake booster and the brake pedal? How did you get up under there to get at the connection? Did you have to remove the front seat to get enough room to gain access? Any tricks, tips, or other ideas?

    As it is right now I can get two fingers up in there but now way I can what I'm doing.
     
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    RMiller My name is Rick Supporting Member

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    The fun of working under the dash! Your best bet is to hire a contortionist from the circus.:biglaugh: Although it isn't the easiest, removing the seat really does make a big difference in gaining access. Other than that, it sucks and fights you all the way. Good luck and have fun!:thumbs2:
     
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    If you have bucket seats, take the seat out, esp., if your over 40 years old! Whatever seats you have, much easier w/ seat out..
     
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    I have a bench seat and I'm waaay over 40 and I can't find any circus contortionists so . . . . :)
     
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    Craig Selvey Indiana State Rep - MCCI

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    There is a "pin" you have to pull out. I find it easiest to open the driver's door, then sit outside the car on the ground and this will give you a bird's eye view. Might help to have the car up on jack stands when you do this.
     
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    Got the front seat out and got up under the dash and was able to disconnect the brake rod from the pedal. Time remove the brake booster. Uh, where are the bolts? I don't see more than two and they don't look like they're in the right place. The shop manual I have simply says; " . . . remove the fasteners. . .". I have now idea how I'd get any sort of wrench up in there anyway.

    I sear, the next car I own that needs a new brake booster, I'm just selling it and buy something else.

    #frustrated
     
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    Get a '66-'71 Fairlane/Torino/Cyclone/Ranchero etc. Booster bolts to bracket under hood, doesn't need disturbed. Can remove master cylinder & booster nuts plus one cotter key & pin, ease MC forward, lift out booster. Not necessary to loosen fluid lines.

    Even easy-peasy on big blocks.
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    Craig Selvey Indiana State Rep - MCCI

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    There are 4-bolts inside the car that need to be removed.

    There are two located where the green circles are located. The other two are a few inches above each green hole. The brake rod goes thru the blue hole.

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    Craig Selvey Indiana State Rep - MCCI

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    The (4) nuts would be located at the brake pedal support bracket. This would be at the top of this picture.

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    I just recently did mine. My car has buckets and a door bar for the roll cage which makes removing the seats a pain. I found that I could sit on the ground outside of the car and reach up in there pretty easily. I didn't have a great view, but was able to get it in and out by feel.
     

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