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Brake servo for my Volvo Amazon

Last winter I had some problems with the brake servo on my Amazon. This brake servo is from a brand called Powertune and it is likely to be made in China. The problem was it wouldn't work after the car had some weeks not being used. By applying a strong foot on the brake pedal it would come loose and work again. This winter this also didn't work: it just stopped working at all.

So I went to my local workshop and the mechanic advised to install a new one. He used a Powertune again, because this unit is much cheaper than a genuine Lockheed. This unit would work but with some flaws. It had a retarded reaction on the foot. After applying the brakes firmly the servo would come in but after a second. Releasing the brake pedal it also released the brakes a second or so later. This is very annoying.

So I got in my car to visit the mechanic again, but now it works much better. Not as smooth as it should be but the retarding is almost gone.

Amiga Sidecar A1060 Repair [2]

I got a spare edge connector from some nice Italian guy and I soldered it in. It works perfectly!

I also bought a replacement MFM harddisk via someone at A1k.org. I got it to work after many tries by circumventing bad sectors on the Amiga partition. As the MS-DOS-partition avoids these automaticaly, the Amiga apperently does not. So I chose the cylinders that are not bad for the Amiga side. The partition is quite small, but it works well now.