If you are talking about at the very beginning when you start it up cold and feels like the brakes are not grabbing it is because the brake pedal actually is hard. There is an electric vacuum pump that assist during that start up to get enough vacuum to the booster. Youy could either have a faulty vacuum solenoid switch or the vacuum pump itself has failed. With the key on engine off, pump the brake pedal several times. You should hear the vacuum pump come on. If you do not, disconnect the connector and with a volt meter check to see if there is voltage at the connector while pumping the pedal. You should see voltage while pedal is pressed down and no voltage when the pedal is not pressed. Like an "ON" and "OFF" switch. If you have constant voltage the solenoid is shorted out and burnt up the vacuum pump motor. If there is voltage when pumping only then the motor is faulty. If no voltage then disconnect the vacuum solenoid connector and using a paper clip or jumper wire, jump the 2 pins on the connector to complete the circuit. There should be battery voltage at the vacuum pump connector with that test. Plug the connector back to the motor to see if it comes on. It should with the solenoid connector jumped. If it does not then both the solenoid switch and vacuum pump motor have failed. For the most part it is the solenoid that failes. The solenoid is part of the vacuum hose assembly from the intake. Hope this helps and let us know if you need more info and please let us know if this has helped you out as well since others come to this forum that may have a similiar problem, this would help them out as to what the fix was? Good luck to you.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 8:34 PM