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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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Its a 1994 ford tempo and the brakes are stiff but it has

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Its a 1994 ford tempo and the brakes are stiff but it has full brake fluid
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Customer: Its stops but have to really press on brakes with force almost like your slamming on the breakes to get it to stop
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Customer: Yes
JA: Great! What have you tried so far?
Customer: Nothing just bought it and dont want to do the wrong thing and mess it up without knowing for sure what the problem is
JA: Is there anything else the Ford Mechanic should be aware of about your Ford?
Customer: It is missing the brake fluid cap and needs a motor mount and a tune up
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Customer: And new idler
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.

Sounds like the vacuum brake booster has failed and is not giving you the brake power assist that is done by using engine vacuum to the brake booster. With the engine off, remove the large vacuum line to the brake booster and listen for a large rush off air which is vacuum escaping when you remove the hose. If you do not hear this noise, replace the brake booster.