[Healeys] BJ8 Rear Brake

Healey 67healey at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 09:46:30 MDT 2021

Hi Michael - to elaborate - after a few miles of driving, the rear brake in
question was getting so hot, it started to smoke :-(
In retrospect, that was probably exacerbated by there still being some
residual brake fluid on the drum (even though I thought I had cleaned it
all off) from the previous / original wheel cylinder that went bad.
However, the underlying problem of the cylinder not retracting is confirmed
with the drum off.



On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 8:58 AM Michael Salter <michaelsalter at gmail.com>

> Perhaps you could better describe "things were not right".
> If the brake was not overly hot there may be no problem.
> When correctly adjusted the wheel cylinder only operates in the first
> couple of mm of its stroke, the rest of the bore serves only as a guide for
> the piston.
> M
> On Mon., Jul. 5, 2021, 6:38 p.m. Healey, <67healey at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  I had to replace a leaking, original wheel cylinder (drivers side)
>> earlier. Everything went fine with the install & adjustment, except that on
>> its inaugural run, it became quickly apparent that things were not right.
>>  Took the drum back off again, only to find that the cylinder was not
>> retracting properly.
>>   Group wisdom from the internet says you need to replace the rubber
>> pipe.No problem - except there is only 1 of these rubber brake pipes that
>> goes into a T to feed both rear brakes - and the problem is ONLY with the
>> driver's brake - the passenger side rear wheel cylinder retracts like a
>> champ. Driver's side spring is ok btw.
>>  So what I don't understand is - if the inside of the rubber pipe was
>> swollen, not letting fluid back through, wouldn't this affect both rear
>> brakes, not just one of them?
>>   Should I replace this one hose, or did I get a "bad" wheel
>> cylinder from Moss? (yes, I ordered the cheaper aftermarket cylinder @ $14
>> as opposed to the TRW brand cylinder @ $70), or do I replace both? or?
>>   Lastly, what is the min thickness of the rear shoes? Both are evenly
>> worn & about the same thickness as the metal mounting plate underneath.
>>   Thanks in advance,
>> Neil
>> _______________________________________________
>> Support Team.Net http://www.team.net/donate.html
>> Suggested annual donation  $12.75
>> Archive: http://www.team.net/pipermail/healeys
>> http://autox.team.net/archive
>> Healeys at autox.team.net
>> http://autox.team.net/mailman/listinfo/healeys
>> Unsubscribe/Manage:
>> http://autox.team.net/mailman/options/healeys/michaelsalter@gmail.com
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://autox.team.net/pipermail/healeys/attachments/20210707/1c63b28b/attachment.htm>

More information about the Healeys mailing list