It has been noted that Tom Hall, frequent technical contributor and
knowledgeable person, has some recommendations about using synthetic
He believes that the new rubber does not properly fit the bore unless it
is swelled by immersion in some regular DOT 3/4 fluid first, to obtain
the correct dimensions. He recommends a short soak, before
installation, and a liberal use of the Castrol "Red Grease". He
believes that this grease may be a form of "hydrogenated", or jelled
I imagine that a completely new Lucas/Girling replacement cylinder
already has the "Red Grease" applied. The correct rebuild kit should
come with a little "soy sauce" package of the Magic Red Grease, which
may be sufficient to swell the seal when used in assembly. If not, then
the new ones may have to be disassembled for soaking and re-greasing.
I have installed new clutch master cylinder and slave (some tricks about
the "Universal Replacement Kit" for those who need it are to use your
old push rod, as the Universal Kit threaded unit is way too long. Need
circlip pliers and CAUTION.
Now, the question of the day:
Does anyone know where to get this Red Grease, if you don't have a kit,
or need more. It is also used in servos.
If so, please post to List.
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