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RMacInnes Rick MacInnes
Keedysville, MD, USA   USA
1962 MG Midget MkI "Pete"
Friends -
My 1st post. Purchased my '62 Midget last summer. Brakes worked when I bought it but had severely scored drums. Did total brake replacement over winter including drums/shoes/cylinders/springs/etc. Have bled system twice including clutch slave cylinder but cannot get brakes to engage unless I pump, pump, pump....then they work but then drive and go to brake and it's pump, pump, pump again to get them to engage. Shoes have minimal clearance to drums. My next thought is to replace master cylinder.
Thoughts?
Thanks,
Rick

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never-a-dull-moment Michael Holmes
Menominee, MI, USA   USA
1962 Austin-Healey Sprite "Helen (from Three's Company)"
Hello Rick, There are a lot of posts about similar issues with bleeding brakes and many very good answers. I will tell you what I have done in the past and has worked for me. Have a willing accomplice man the bleeder screw and pump the brake peddle like a man possessed! Seriously, pump it hard and savagely 20-30 times! Hold it down after that when pedal is hard and have the bleeder man crack the wheel cylinder. Repeat for other 3 wheels. I have found this to work when all else fails to get trapped air out. Press on Regardless, Mike

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PeterC Platinum Member Peter Caldwell
Madison Wisconsin, USA   USA
Be sure the brakes are adjusted. For the rear, you should have three clicks on the handbrake lever. The fronts should lock with adjuster then back off 2 clicks.


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Skeezix Rob Klyver
Playa Del Rey, CA, USA   USA
Bench bleed the master, adjust the shoes out to slight drag, I installed speedbleeders on the wheel cylinders and have worked alone. I prefer the gentle three strokekes and check the reservoir. Also be sure the hand brake is off -. I still have semi finished brakes but enough to stop. An all new system is the devils air hiding place



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ken472 Ken Petersen
Luverne, MN, USA   USA
Did you replace the rubber lines? They can collapse internally and give you fits.

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ice Gold Member Larry Ice
Lawrenceville, GA, USA   USA
X2 what Ken says. Be sure to replace the flex line to the rear brakes. People often overlook that one.



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RMacInnes Rick MacInnes
Keedysville, MD, USA   USA
1962 MG Midget MkI "Pete"
Thank you all for the advice. Rubber lines were replaced and putting car up on lift now to work on with all your suggestions. I'll keep you posted!

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mk2sprite Michael Knaub
NY, USA   USA
If you know you have done a good bleed and you pump them up hold your foot on the pedal if it slowly sinks your master needs rebuilding.

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