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Neverfastenough999

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Car has sat for 12 years....
« on: November 27, 2011, 12:03:47 AM »
I plan on replacing the brake fluid out of the master cylinder, but what about the lines.  Should they all be bled also? Or will that bit of older fluid be okay?

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2011, 04:57:23 PM »
Welcome to the site!

Bleed the brakes at all 4 corners to flush the brake system.  I expect you will get leaks from the seals drying at the master and any of the wheel cylinders if the car sat for 12 years.  Keep an eye on the master cylinder levels when you do start to drive it. 

Good luck with a very fun to drive car.
John

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2011, 01:23:57 AM »
Thanks for the advice.   

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011, 04:21:33 PM »
brake fluid, except for the silicone Dot 5 stuff, absorb water, most likely it has been awhile since the fluid has been changed. empty the master then fill it up from a new unopened can, bleed the system to get all the old out. You may still have problems, but this is the most effective, least expensive way to start.. Good luck, and enjoy the ride

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 01:25:43 AM »
Thanks.  When you say that I still may have problems, what are you referring to?
 

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 10:12:17 AM »
by problems I mean once you get into it there may be corrosion in the cyl bores of the master, caliber and wheel cyl. this will case leaks, hopefully everything will be OK.  Brakes are something that I want to work well.

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Re: Car has sat for 12 years....
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 07:28:47 PM »
might want to check/replace the rubber brake hoses as well....they tend to clog up with rust, debris, etc....also check for cracking, dry rot....if all lines blow clear when clearing lines, and they look good, you might get by with them....good luck.

 

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