On Sat, 15 Mar 1997, Vince J. Pujalte wrote:
> Did you get the brake deal sorted out?
> Enquiring minds want to know,
Vince and others,
Yes! The brakes on my B are finally sorted out. (the front
brakes would overheat after about 10 mins of driving)
I am sort of embarassed to reveal the problem.
The general list.consensus was that either the front brake
hoses were collapsed internally or the silicone brake fluid was
swelling the M/C seals. John Twist (and a lister whose
name escapes me) suggested either caliper seals installed
wrong, or ::drum roll please:: a misadjusted brake light
switch. The switch was the culprit:
The offending critter screws into the pedal box and activates
the brake lights. When I installed the new switch, I screwed
it in a few threads too far. This was slightly engaging the pedal
which was preventing the M/C piston to fully retract and release
Backing it out a few threads solved the problem!
On a seperate note, I took the B to a friends alignment shop
yesterday to check the toe. I used the framing-square-on-a-stick
method, and bet him a few pints that I was reasonably close (within
a 1/16 of an inch). Wrong! The toe was still way off despite
my best efforts :-/
He has a Hunter alignment machine, that is slicker than pig phlem.
You key the year/make/model into the control unit and mount a
wireless module to the rim of each wheel. Sensors inside these
measure the distance between themselves and transmit the data
via RF back to the control unit. Big hairy deal, this has been
around for years- here's the neat part: The operator sees (via a GUI)
which settings are out of whack and uses a light pen to select
the one to adjust. A scanned image of the Bentley MGB factory
manual then appeared showing the B's suspension adjustment points
-or point in my case, and a multimedia video clip shows him/her
how to make the adjustment. (Moral: applied computing is A Good Thing)
The mechanic even put a piece of rubber hose over the tie-rod
so he wouldnt scratch the paint when he grabbed it with a vise-
grip. Nice touch. Oh yeah, the front ride height is 3" higher
than the rear- do you think it's time for new rear springs?? :-)
Scott Hower --> firstname.lastname@example.org
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