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Old 06-12-2009, 08:20   #1 (permalink)
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Having a problem with my van I believe its a vacuum issue but not familiar with the vacuum system. So I would like ask you all if ya got any ideas.
Here is the problem its a 302fi engine and I got stalling, loss of brake power, and shifting problems I know there has got to be a central part where all the vacuum starts. Any Ideas ??? ty
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:08   #2 (permalink)
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I would start at the intake manifold and trace from there. If it's that big of a leak where you would lose the power brakes, you ought to be able to easily hear it sucking.

The vacuum originates from the intake.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:32   #3 (permalink)
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There should be a vacuum line junction around the brake booster as well. As jwko mentioned, providing the engine/exhaust isn't too loud, you should be able to hear a 'hiss' sound from a broken line.
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I dont really hear a hissing sound but there is a round unit with hoses and if I remove one the vehicle seems to run better could this round unit be my problem ? or is it pretty much safe and one of the hoses is not sucking...not sure first time I have ever messed with vacuum..
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Round unit - I believe you speak of the brake booster? I've never seen under the hood of an '86....
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Not the Brake booster its a plastic round unit that has 5 vacuum lines attached to it one in back two upfront one on the left side and one underneath its like a master vacuum point.
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Perhaps upgrading to a Dyson might help, as it never loses suction? Had to say it! Perhaps someone else will chime in to give you a hand.
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Perhaps upgrading to a Dyson might help, as it never loses suction?
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