Re: Booster pushrod length
I think you would've known for sure when you tried to put it together if you had the long one in. It should've been long enough that you might not have even been able to get the master cylinder on the booster studs enough to get the nuts started.
You may want to check inside the car first although without putting some pressure on the brake pedal I don't think there is enough force generated to even start to get the brakes to travel. But just the same, go ahead and make sure your return spring is in place and that your clevis on the booster-to-pedal rod is adjusted to give you a slight amount of play between the hard stop for the pedal and brake engagement.
The wheels being difficult to turn could also be the retainer nut tightened too tight on the spindle and too much preload on the wheel bearings. Those nuts really should just be tightened enough so you can't wiggle the front wheels with them off the ground.
The discs will drag a little, so to get the squeak squeak squeak to stop check the parts store and get a little bottle of Disc Brake Quiet. The orange kind in the squeeze bottle works really well. You just take the pads out, squeeze some out on the back of the pads, smear it all over with your finger, let it sit for a minute, then reinstall making sure you have the anti-rattle spring installed correctly on the inside pad. The goo then dries to a rubbery consistency and keeps the metal backing plate on the pads from vibrating/squeaking against the calipers.
If you haven't flushed out your brake system in awhile, it may also be a good idea. Brake fluid attracts moisture pretty easily and once you get some on the system, it will heat up and cause the fluid to expand and can cause your brakes to engage if the fluid gets hot enough. Also, once a bottle brake fluid is opened, it's pretty much useless after a short amount of time on the shelf because it will attract moisture sitting there. I changed mine out to synthetic DOT-4 to raise the boiling point some.
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