Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Car: MG TF
Harr Harr . . .
The process just grew arms and legs. Locking all the wheels suggested something common to all four corners of the car- hence master cylinder. But wasn't sure of servo, so did that.
Decided I better do the pads as I'd fried the brakes (smoking hot!), but the front discs were horribly rusty. Euro Car Parts did a deal on discs and pads, so why not do all?
Since I was in there, didn't seem much more work to change the hoses, as the connectors were badly corroded. Plus, stainless steel is so fashionable!
Got to the rear calipers and they were almost locked onto the discs- the pistons did wind back but very reluctantly. Figured that since I'd drained off all my fluid, and come this far, why not replace? Local motor factor came up with a good price, so whipped off the old calipers.
Our car only has 37K on the clock, but I don't lay her up for the winter as some do. In fact, some of my favourite drives have been in the dead of winter. Unfortunately it does expose the car to road salt, and half the problems with my brakes are down to corrosion.
I've used the time spent on the brake overhaul to do some cleaning and waxoyling too, so consider it all an investment in her future.