[Vwdiesel] The sad story continues..... Brake problems

brian gochnauer brian at gochnauer.net
Tue Jul 15 20:02:57 PDT 2008

I would agree, a MC would cause all the wheels similar problems.
A soft pedal is either air in the system (run with a very low fluid
level) or a bad hose or two.

If you have brake problems and check the MC and find the level low or empty,
putting brake fluid in the master cylinder at that point is only a portion
of the fix, the brakes will have to be blead at all four wheels, else you'll
continue to have a soft pedal.

A bad hose can cause all kinds of problems, soft pedal, unpredictable
braking, hung pads, overheating, excessively fast pad wear and eventually
when they burst, brake failure.
In the far out chance they put the wrong spring on the adjuster, it should
be a very light spring not the shoe type heavy spring, I suppose it could
over tighten the adjuster.

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Craig Osborn <cosborn at epix.net> wrote:

> Actually, I don't think that the master cylinder is to blame for the
> problem
> with the single brake.  What I didn't tell you was that I have had to pump
> up the brakes quite frequently for the past few months and fixing the
> vacuum
> pump diaphragms didn't help, so I thought that I should probably replace
> the
> MC as well while I am doing the other parts.
> Craig
> >
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> > Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:04:47 +0100
> > From: "mark shepherd" <mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk>
> > Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] The sad story continues..... Brake problems
> > To: "vw fans" <Vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
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> > Why should a master cylinder hurt only one brake?
> > If it's operating on it's own then this has been delt with on this site
> > and
> > is a matter of adjustment of the master actuating rod....
> > Mark(Who replaces nothing that isn't broke)UK
> >
> >
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