[MR2] Anyone rebuilt a master cylinder before?
wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jan 3 14:45:16 EST 2009
That's my feeling Steve. From time to time I hear of people rebuilding their
own calipers and while it is a relatively simple procedure it's the brakes
and I'd rather buy something reman or new
Might see what NAPA has.
Toyota's philosophy is peculiar - Ralph said that they probably didn't offer
a reman because of potential product liability issues - they don't have a
new one but offer you a kit so any Tom Dick or Harry can rebuild their own
A brake master cylinder is a simple device for which no error can be
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Bagdon" <mr2 at bagdon.com>
To: "'William Brandt'" <wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net>; "'MR2 List'" <mr2 at mr2.com>
Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 11:32 AM
Subject: RE: [MR2] Anyone rebuilt a mastrer cylinder before?
> I've replaced a Mk I m/c once, the worst memory was the brake bleeding.
> When shopping, I could get the rebuild kit for almost nothing, or a new
> unit for lots more. Even the parts guy admitted... it's brakes, it
> lasted 10 years the first time, just replace it, it'll outlive the car.
> Replace it, IMO. It's the brake system, after all. :)
> Steve B.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: mr2-bounces at mr2.com [mailto:mr2-bounces at mr2.com] On Behalf Of
> William Brandt
> Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 2:08 PM
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> Subject: [MR2] Anyone rebuilt a mastrer cylinder before?
> Well, yesterday I got a surprise. Being unemployed since March and going
> back to school in 2 weeks, I thought it would be nice to finally fix
> pesky s l o w (every 6 months top off) m/c and while I was at it replace
> original brake hoses.
> I spoke with my friend Ralph Willis at Maita Toyota - I have known Ralph
> years and he is an ex factory mechanic with lots of advice - anyway -
> Toyota no longer stocks the master cylinder for the 85-86 - don't know
> the 87 but Ralph said by the part number it changed a bit - no remans
> available (?????)
> But he discovered that there is an assembly you can buy that fits in the
> "bore" - he said some honing should be done first to clean out the bore
> told me the procedure - anyone done this?
> It surprises me because usually a manufacturer will stop supplying sheet
> metal or trim before necessary parts -
> Wondering if any of you have done this?
> BTW the savings would be substantial - a new m/c if available would be
> $185 (my cost) - list over $200 - while the kit he said was around $60.
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