Tagged Brakes

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Pint Size Project — Bleeding the Brakes

It took three “Pint Projects”: Rear Brake Disassembly Rear Brake Reassembly Front Caliper Rebuild …but now all four wheels have as-new brakes! Not so fast. What about the other stuff? Brake boosters may need some attention, and a brand new one will almost certainly improve braking. Some styles of booster can be rebuilt at home,…

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Pint Size Project — Brake Caliper Rebuild

Maybe after this we can get that little car down off the jack stands…maybe. I think last time we gave up on the back brakes and it’s time to move forward and rebuild the front calipers. Remove the front wheels to gain access to the disk brake calipers. Afflicted with CRS? Do one side at…

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Pint Size Project — Rear Brakes — Reassembly

So your car is all jacked up and the rear brakes are in a million pieces! Okay, make sure that you have plenty of cold beer and now, let’s get that bad boy back together. This is the opportune time to clean up that backing plate, which at this point can be easily removed and…

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Pint Size Project — Rear Brakes — Disassembly

What is going on with those pesky brakes? Let’s take them apart starting at the back. While the front brakes do most of the work, it is important that the rear brakes are operating properly. The hand brake really needs to be able to prevent the car from rolling, and should be able to stop…

Properly bedding in a new set of brake pads involves several hard brake applications followed by a cool-off period.
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Bedding-In Your Brakes

When new pads and brake discs are fitted, the most important thing you can do to prevent problems is to properly bed the brakes. This critical step is the initial transfer of friction material from the pad to the disc forming a smooth, uniform layer. It establishes a foundation that’s essential for proper brake performance….

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Conventional vs Silicone Brake Fluid

Today’s current Lockheed “Universal”, Girling “LMA”, and silicone brake fluids are so vastly superior to the old Girling “Green” and “Crimson”, and Lockheed “Heavy Duty” fluids originally specified for most of our older British sports cars, that it would make no sense to use the older types today, even if they were still available. The…

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Bigger Brakes

Moss’s two new kits improve TR and MGB stopping power They don’t build ’em like they used to. Thankfully, today’s sportscars start and stop infinitely better than those built in previous generations. With this in mind, Moss Motors’ engineering department has been working diligently on ways to adapt modern technology to older British sportscars to…

Rebuilding TR3 Front Brake Calipers

(While this article applies specifically to the early “solid-bodied” calipers, dealing with the later “split-bodied” calipers follows the same principles. Split-bodied calipers (2 halves bolted together) should not be separated -Ed.) How do you know when it’s time to rebuild your front calipers? I found out it was time to rebuild mine when I was…

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