Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol Review

Today I had the opportunity to drive a Ford Ecosport 1.5 Petrol Titanium version and here's what I found about the Titanium version of...

Extra Effort When Pressing Brake Pedal

If you exert more effort in pressing brakes pedal to put your vehicle to stop, then you are having trouble with your power brake unit.

Most vehicles are equipped with vacuum assisted power brakes to make the vehicle braking easier, but when something is wrong with the power brakes unit, it requires a lot more effort on the driver’s part to stop the vehicle.

Vacuum assisted power brakes uses vacuum from the engine to help in applying the brakes, a vacuum hose runs from the engine to a round metal or plastic canister located between the brakes master cylinder and the firewall.

Some indications which can help pinpoint the problem are, if the engine always runs rough, it's likely the problem only involves a broken/leaking vacuum hose, and if the engine runs rough mainly when depressing the brakes pedal while the vehicle is standing still, the power brakes canister has failed.

The other type of power brakes unit, a "hydro-boost", feeds off the power steering unit. If the engine speed doesn't change when depressing the brakes pedal, the vehicle has a hydro-boost unit.

To correct the problem, first, let's determine if this vehicle has a vacuum assisted power brakes unit by opening the hood and locate the brakes master cylinder. Refer to the vehicle's manual if you are having trouble finding it. Now, the power brakes unit (whatever type) is located between the brakes master cylinder and the firewall.

A vacuum assisted unit will be a round plastic or metal canister, about 10" - 14" in diameter and about 4" - 7" deep. Is this what you found? If yes, you'll want to check the hose which connects the unit with the engine. Look for cracks or leaks and replace as necessary. If the hose looks OK or if this vehicle has a hydro-boost power brake unit (i.e. you did not identify a canister-type device as described above), seek the help of a qualified mechanic. Unfortunately, power brakes units are "throw away" items and therefore when one goes bad, you'll probably have no choice but to replace it with a new one as opposed to a rebuilt.

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