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Been having milage problems with my 67 galaxie and I think its cause the brakes are always dragging slightly this is the 2nd set of brakes in 2 years and with 2 diffrent drivers brakes are wearing evenly.

The brake system is 71 LTD spindles and calipers, is there something wrong on the side of the mater or booster that would keep the brakes slightly engaged all the time I didnt do the brake swap someone elese did before I got the car.


I hope someone can help me out with the brakes and why they are wearing out so fast thanks alot.
 

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I take it your talking about front pads?

Some general points.

What condition are the flex hoses in? Often when they get old they may act like one way valves and hold pressure after the pedal is released Also you should check and service the sliders to make sure they are not sticking.

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I agree with the Capt. Brake hose can be old ,they can degenerate from the inside.
As for the master cyl:The smaller resivor should go to the front the larger one to the back. Let me ask you did it just start doing this?
Do you have a stock proportioning valve, or an after market one . Also you might want to check the brake pads.
 

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I had the same problem with my '67 also using '71 LTD stuff. After you make sure all the other stuff mentioned above is OK. My problem was not with the brakes themselves, but with the lever on the back of the booster from the pedal. There is a bracket that moves the M/C up higher in the engine bay and a lever that is attached to the brake pedal and to the back of the booster and pivots inside the backet. After bleeding my new brakes, I had dragging brakes for a couple of days before I found the bracket was binding. When I bled the brakes, it moved the lever farther than it's normal range of motion and apparently knocked some rust loose that was binding in the shaft and holding pressure on the pedal. I comlpetely disassembled the mechanism, cleaned it, plopped on some white gease, and haven't had a problem in 2 years now.

If you can feel them draggin while it's moving, see if you can stick your toe under the brake pedal and lift up and see if that changes it any.

Just a thought...

Jim

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I had a booster do that on my 65 squire,it would lock up the brakes and get them smoking,I thought it was the mastercylinder but replacing it did not help but another booster fixed the problem. Jeff
 

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Replacing the booster or adjusting the pushrod will not fix the problem I was taking about. The problem I had was the pivot bolt for the lever that hooks to both booster and pedal was rusted and binding causing the brakes not to release all the way.....
 
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