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Brake Adjusting & Bleeding (back to MG's)

Subject: Brake Adjusting & Bleeding (back to MG's)
From: Eugene Balinski <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2001 22:52:01 -0300

   I am about to investigate a dragging rear brake on my 80 B.
I suspect that the line was crushed in a flat bed incident. I can 
not feel any real dragging, but the left brake drum gets very 
warm to the touch (4 on the ouch scale) after 20 or so minutes 
of driving. The right drum is not warm.

    As this will be my first time working on the brakes, I have a few questions:

   1) Adjustment.  The Haynes Manual states to turn the square headed
adjuster clockwise until the shoes are firmly against the drum,
locking the wheel.  It then says to turn the adjuster back 
"one notch". My question is, just what is a Notch ?  Is it something that I
will be able
to feel like a click,  or do they mean something like a 1/4 turn ?
(Note, I bought the "Official Brake Adjustment Tool" from Moss)

   2) Brake Bleeding.   If the line is bad, I will of course replace it.
This means
that I will have to bleed the brake line when I intall it.   My question
is,  What is the preferred brake bleeding tool ?   I have seen ads for the 
"MightyVac", the Eezibleed Kit, and the Vizibleed.    Any help here as 
to which one is better/easier would be appreciated.  Note this will
be a one man operation.  Any bleeding do's and don'ts would also be

3)   Brake Fluid (Yup, here we go again).  The proper brake fluid is (Drum
roll please)
Castrol LMA ?   DOT 3 ?  

     Thanks again for any help, and God Bless America. 

   Gene Balinski

      80 MGB

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