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Re: MGC Brakes

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Subject: Re: MGC Brakes
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 18:40:22 -0700
Odd, to say the least. Have you checked the front calipers? Could one (or 
more) of the pistons be frozen? You'd have probably noticed before. This 
is so extreme as to seem like it must be a physical interference problem 
with the piston travel in the MC, or a total blockage of the brake 
line(s), creating hydraulic lock. Don't know enough about the booster to 
guess what it might contribute.

You could disconnect the brake lines at the MC, one at a time, and see if 
the pedal travel increases (have something ready to catch the spray!). 
That could isolate the brake lines as a problem. If both are disconnected 
and the problem remains, it would have to be a reassembly mistake with 
the MC.

I suppose someone has checked to make sure the pedal iteself isn't 
catching on something in the footwell, such as a grossly misadjusted 
brake light switch...

Good luck. This is a new one on me. 

Mike Razor had this to say:

>Went by the garage to see for myself how the brakes are coming
>along on the MGC, not good.  They seem to be stumped.  I
>pushed on the pedal and there is about 1/8 of an inch travel
>before it stops and becomes hard to the push, in fact no more
>play is left in the travel.
>Rebuilt boosters and M/C.  The garage does not think it is bad
>hoses since the brakes will release.


Max Heim
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looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
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it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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