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BRAKE TUNEUP: FRESH PADS,FLUID, and LINES

Do you have to think back and remember the last time you looked at your brakes or bled them? Then it is probably time to do it. Starting off, jack up your car placing stand jacks under the rear axle and the front suspension. Remove the wheels, check if there are leaks around the rear brake cylinders, brake lines on the chassis, to the brake master cylinder, and to the front wheel brake calipers. Check the condition of your rubber brake hoses. At this time, it would be worth the money to install the upgraded stainless steel braided lines that provide a direct and consistent brake feel, they won't expand like rubber hoses can. Brake pads are next to be looked at. Race brake pads might sound enticing, but leave them for the track as these compounds, if not warm, can eat the rotors and offer less than suitable stopping. For street use go with PREMIUM grade semi-metallic street pads. I am using Moss motors GREEN STUFF brake pads for my street MGB They have a high initial braking effect and create less brake dust.When changing your brake pads, it is advisable to change your front rotors. Years back you would turn down the discs by a few thousandths of an inch to attain a better braking surface with the new pads, but they discovered that rotors could w

arp. Now rotor replacement is common practice for most vehicles. You can either go with the stock units or you can go with the TRW upgraded stage 1 slotted and cross-drilled rotors. You will note a big difference in the cars’ braking. Note: The TRW rotors are a performance upgrade if you are into hard braking.Most brake fluids are hydroscopic in nature, meaning it absorbs moisture from the air. Moisture lowers the brake fluid's boiling point and affects the entire brakingsystem. Not all brake fluids are hydroscopic however, DOT4, 5 related doesn't absorb moisture yet it comes with a warning: Any moisture that finds its way into the system will remain as water meaning it can freeze or boil before the rest of the brake fluid -and you do not want that.Choose the required brake fluid your car needs. Genuine Lockheed, Castrol and Girling brake fluids are compatible with all British braking systems. Silicone brake fluids are more expensive but won’t harm paint, and do not absorb moisture, as do conventional fluids, note: If changing one type to the other , flush your brake system thoroughly with the ''new'' type of brake fluid. Contributions: Moss Motors, Speed Pro series,

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