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Re: [Mgs] Brake filaure

Subject: Re: [Mgs] Brake filaure
From: Eric Russell via Mgs <>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2020 14:28:44 -0400
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I mean no offense but brakes are rather high on the List of Important 
Things. I am 100% in favor of owners working on their own cars but I 
also get somewhat leery of giving advice about Important Things via 
typed words over the interwebs. (and that is not even taking 
misspellings into account...)

That said, the loss of a measureable volume of brake fluid over the 
winter would indicate a leak somewhere. It must be found and rectified 
(that List of Important Things thing). My general rule is that when part 
of a brake system fails all the other parts are soon to follow. You can 
replace parts one item at a time but don't be surprised when another 
part fails soon afterwards (see: List of Important Things). So... unless 
you find a reasonable reason for one part to have failed while leaving 
all the other parts are in perfect shape (Important Things again), it 
would probably be prudent to replace all the wearable parts of the 
brake's hydraulics in one swell foop. Then, when you're done you'll know 
the brakes are in tip top shape.

Eric Russell
Mebane, NC
> Date: Tue, 5 May 2020 17:46:00 -0400
> From: Barrie Robinson <>
> To: MGB List <>
> Subject: [Mgs] Brake filaure
> I have a power assist brake system which after bringing out of winter
> cover my MGB GT V8 exhibited brake failure? No brake fluid on the floor
> but it did need topping up.?? So added Dot 4 but still soft squashy
> pedal.??? Blowing/sucking? on tube to Edelbrock carb (I have a Rover V8
> dropped in) it sucked but would not blow (I understand this is
> correct}.? So we figured that the brakes need bleeding - is this a
> correct diagnosis? Any tips for a non-brake but fairly well versed
> owner.?? If I stomped a lot on the pedal when engine running would that
> put air into the brake pipes
> Cheers
> Barrie




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