Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 19:55:22 -0000
From: MeatballTurbo <>
Subject: Re: MOT Failed

In article <b484be$1tuvt9$>, spouted forth into > MeatballTurbo wrote: > > > Failed. Broken Numberplate. (not a biggy). > > Failed. Left hand size Handbrake inopperative. Got it home, chocked the > > back wheels, and let the handbrake off, and indeed, it is showing very > > little movement, and is very stiff. Cable moves freely. > > > > Is there anyway to free up the handbrake without removing the caliper > > form the hub/disconnecting the hydaulics? > > It depends how bad it is. I have had success using this method, > but not all the time. Sometimes the only way is to replace the > caliper. It's worth a try though. > > Remove the pads and unbolt the caliper from the hub carrier > (don't disconnect the hydraulics). Get someone to pump the pedal > gently forcing the piston out. Retract the piston. Repeat. Refit > the caliper. If it's worked, great. If not, time for a new caliper. It actually passed the brake test, and he made no mention of brake binding. Also he made no mention of any imbalance between the braking action on either side. Seems to be just the actuating lever on the caliper that is seized. Is there anyway to remove the lever and arm, if you disconnect the spring? Maybe clean it up, and use some grease or anti seize/copperslip on it? > > Also, even though the car has been driving really nicely, including > > going to the MOT station, when they had taken it off the ramps, and I > > had paid, I went to press in the clutch and it wouldn't move. Locked > > solid. A couple of presses, and it moved but was very stiff. Eventually > > it freed up, and now moves smoothly, but feels lighter than it did, and > > occasionally it feels rough/clicky again. The only way to describe it is > > as a crunchy feeling but that has gone too now. > > Sounds very odd, and I really can't think of anything which > would first cause those symptoms, then go away all on it's own!! Both the guy that does my mechanicing, and the guy at the MOT station suggested that a seal had failed on the Master cylinder after years of accumulating gunk an crud behind it, but I can't see how the clutch would still behave as normal if that was the case? -- Carl Robson (The poster formerly known as Skodapilot)

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