Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Howard Lake, MN, USA
Re: Have to pump brakes
of course, it's always a good idea to pop the drums off once in a while to look things over, but they don't have to get very far out of adjustment to cause a dead pedal or cause the car to pull one way or the other. i drove my Nova almost everyday for 8 months out of the year, so it saw some miles. every few days, i'd notice the pedal getting soft so i'd do a couple of good hard stops in reverse to tighten the pedal back up. this was after the first summer of me driving it and wondering why the brakes kept going so screwy. once i remembered that the front drums needed regular adjustments and started driving accordingly, it made a big difference and it never got oo far out of hand.
i do the same with my other cars, too, but being that they are all front disc/rear drum cars (97 cavalier, 84 Regal T Type, 74 Monte), they tend to stay tighter longer. i also always come to a complete stop when backing up before putting the cars in gear.
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