The first suspect is the brake booster; the 2nd is the rear wheels.
You need to do a complete brake check to find out where the fluid is going.
It is a good practice to always do a safety check before driving any
vintage car. You should check the brakes by pumping them, check for brake
lights, pump the clutch pedal, check fluid levels, check the turn signals,
driving lights and headlights. If anything is not working or does not seem
right; fix it before driving.
I also recommend you check the complete brake system at least once
per year and always before taking a long trip to a United or car show; its
just good safety practice. This is also a good practice for your daily
driver; I check the brakes on my daily driver twice per year usually in the
spring and fall.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of James Pickard
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 7:52 AM
To: Tiger List (E-mail)
Subject: No brakes
I drove Tigger yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks. The brake
pedal seemed to go down more than usual, but the brakes worked. After a few
miles and stops, the pedal went right to the floor with no affect. The
brake fluid reservoir was nearly empty. Refilling it did nothing. I guess
the master cylinder is the first suspect, but I don't see a puddle of fluid
either under the hood or inside the car - maybe a few drops, but not a
reservoir sized puddle. What should I check to identify the problem?
BTW, Happy Mardi Gras
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