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Triumph TR6 - Brake MCyl reservoir

Rejoined the Triumph owner ranks again last month with the purchase of a 1972 TR6 Sienna brown (I traded a 1957 Austin A55). While replacing the clutch MC I removed the cover of the Brake MC. It is pretty dirty inside. Brown residue in patches on the bottom is the best I can describe. When disturbed it mixes with the brake fluid. I really want to clean it up before I put many miles on the car. I am the third CA owner. It has not been driven much over the last few years (12,000 miles since May 1987). It now has 63,000 miles on it and the brakes are working fine in the few miles I have driven.

DO I just suck the fluid out of the reservoir, remove it, clean, and replace? What kind of gaskets or seals will I need to replace? Do I then just flush clean fluid through the system? I used Castrol LMA fluid in the clutch per Moss instructions. Is that what I should use in the Brake system as well?

I have been studying the archive discussions. A real wealth of information.
Bill Luther

I would suck out what you have and then bleed the system really well. Hopefully the stuff hasn't eaten the seals
DON KELLY

What Don said. I wouldn't remove the reservoir at this point because it might not reseal.
Brent B

The "seals" are generally what that "stuff" is or at least there deterioration over them over years. The seals for the bottom of the res are cheap and readily available through the usual suppliers.
JT White

Bill
There is a rebuild kit for the MC. Probably a good idea. When you do your bleed, you might shift the shuttle in the PDWA. It is easily re-centered and must be done in order to give proper breaks to front and rear. You will know if you have moved the shuttle as the break warning light SHOULD come on...notice the bold type as the prince of darkness may be playing tricks with you.

Rick

Welcome back.
Rick Crawford

Good idea about NOT removing the res. I certainly don't want to create any problems. All is well as is, just trying to do some preventive maint. Winds are down and temps are up today. Good day to work. And it is cigar day today (wife lets me have 2 a week, concerned about my health).

Rick, what is the shuttle in the PDWA and how would I shift it? If shifted, how do I get it back in place? Can I refer to a repair manual?

Thanks to all for the quick response.

Bill
Bill Luther

Bill, the PDWA is the Pressure Differential Warning Actuator.

I pulled up an article on how to overhaul brakes (ALL THE BRAKING Pieces and parts), but unfortunately it's 4.9MG and way too large a file to email. Send me you postal address and I'll print a copy and send to you. Or if you can find an FTP site that we can use, I'll upload for you. It'll show, with photos how to rebuild EVERY part of your braking system from the Booster to the hand brake.
db
Doug Baker

Bill,
I MAY have spoken too soon. I tried to email the file to you and it went. Now whether you receive it remains to be seen. Advise either way, please.
db
Doug Baker

To large my ass.
Doug, you need to get "You send it". It's free and you can send huge files.
DON KELLY

Don
They still want a credit card and I just do not trust that 15 day thing. Sure would like to put cdII up somewhere. Any thoughts send me an e-mail....you too Doug.
Do not wish to talk about it here.

Rick
Rick Crawford

Rick,
Received the file with no problem, thanks. Converted the articles to PDF files. Makes for easier reading plus I can put them on my e-reader.

The articles really simplify the processes and the detail is outstanding.

Well the res is now pretty clean. The front section is a bit of a challenge. Going to fill with fluid and flush the system. Wish I had an old res cap as the article on bleeding the sys suggested. Oh well my wife has nothing planned for this afternoon. Just as easy reading her latest novel while pumping a brake pedal.

A couple of new front brake lines were included with the spare parts. Might as well replace those at the same time.

Bill
Bill Luther

I didn't use a credit card for my free thing.
I know a few people who use it after my suggestion

Bill may I suggest changing all your bleeder screws, including clutch, to a speed bleeder type deal. Make doing it a lot easier.
http://www.speedbleeder.com/
DON KELLY

Bill
wasn't me that sent you a file. Must have been Doug.

GBut as long as you know what a PDWA is and how it works, that is the main thing.


Don,"I didn't use a credit card for my free thing."
PLS splain. I owe Doug a copy of CDII and may as well send one to Bill.

Rick





















Rick Crawford

Rick, your email still the same?
DON KELLY

Yes
Rick Crawford

K Sending something your way
DON KELLY

Well I tried Rick, was gonna sign you up for the free version of You send it,but your already in their data base
DON KELLY

Yes but they want my credit card.

I have found another hosting site and is totally free. I will send you an e-mail on it. You know the file I want to put up and make available. Will not do it here (or talk about it here).

Bill you have mail Cc Doug,Don.
Will contact others later ...gotta get it set up first.

Rick
Rick Crawford

Doug, did they ask for a credit card for the one I set up for you?

I think Rick's nutso!! ;)
DON KELLY

Don,
Have not explored yet whether a CC is required. Will advise.
db
Doug Baker

This thread was discussed between 10/12/2010 and 15/12/2010

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