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MG TD TF 1500 - Front Brakes Locking Up
|I took the TD out for a test run today and found the brakes pulling to the left so I returned home to adjust them.|
I found that the front wheels were locked up. I suspected a clogged master cylinder so I checked the rear wheels and they seemed to be fine (not locked up).
I tried to make an adjustment, repeated the test run and the fronts were locked up again.
Your ideas and suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
mrkshrmn at hotmail.com
|Mark A. Sherman|
|Check the condition of your hoses; they often collapse internally, but look fine on the outside. Try opening one of the bleeders and if fluid spurts out, look to the hoses. Also check for a stiff wheel cylinder. It makes sense to check (and rebuild, if necessary) them all, since you will have things apart, and flush the fluid until it comes out clear.|
It makes good sense to flush the system every couple of years to remove moisture, contaminants, etc.
|Also check the adjustment of the M/C pedal rod. I had adjusted mine a little tight and had the same problem. Adjusted the rod so it had a little slack and ....voila.... problem solved. Found the adjustment and trouble shooting in the Lockheed Brake Manual.|
get somebody to help you,slack off the adjusters one at a time.Pump pedal,adjust to return piston, do this a few times until the piston returns under spring pressure then do all the others.
I do this as a matter of course every couple of months and have never had a cylinder stick or leak in 38 years of ownership.It also makes sure I am checking for leaks regularly.
If the brakes are fully adjusted the pistons only move thousands of and inch and tend to stick.
Ray TF 2884
I also have thin rubber washers between the piston mask and the cylinder to prevent water entry.
These used to be supplied with the repair kits but no longer. I just cut them out of 1/32" rubber sheet.
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