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Brakes are strange

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Got back from San Diego yesterday, and we did take the convertible. But while down there it started doing something strange with the brakes. Need some feedback.

Pulling up to a stop, the brakes start out fine. As the pedal goes down, the power boost gradually drops off, until there's none left. It doesn't lope, as if there's a vacuum leak, but there's no brake boost. Pumping the brakes does nothing, and it does it every time I brake. I've seen brake boosters go bad before, but they didn't act like this. It didn't get better or worse during the trip. I'd lean toward a vacuum leak, but there's no sign of it in the engine. I don't want to just start throwing parts at it - I can't afford that.

I've never had a brake booster check valve go bad - do they feel like this?
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I have something like that in the ''''84 500SL. New booster and master cylinder has not cured it completely. It has ABS and I think it needs a good bleeding with a power bleeder.

Won't help you now but I plan on checking the valve by trying to apply vacuum to what I know is a good check valve to see if it holds vacuum. Too damn cold right now. Maybe someone in a warmer climate can do it.
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