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Samurai SR413 binding brakes


 
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wabznasm
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:10    Post subject: Samurai SR413 binding brakes Reply with quote

Hi all,

I live in an area with questionable mechanical expertise, and I have none at all, so I'm looking for a bit of advice.

When travelling at normal speed and braking, there is no problem at all. When travelling at walking pace or slower, anything but a slightest touch on the brake pedal causes the front wheels to lock, and the brakes stay on. They do release when the car starts moving but are bound enough to hold the car still on a slight incline.

The local mechanic (there is only one) has on different occasions suggested that this is completely normal, then agreed to remove the wheels, clean the brakes and top-up brake fluid. When this made no lasting difference, he's suggested the master cylinder should be replaced. I read that a failing master cylinder causes very different symptoms than this problem. So I'm wanting to check it out.

The car is 19 years old, had new discs and pads throughout about 20 months ago and does not cover a lot of mileage, but probably still has the original brake system installed.

Any advice would be very welcome.



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the car's got about 120,000km on the clock.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

could be the return spring on the master cylinder gone.

try changing all the brake fluid first before buying a new m/c
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

could also be a sticky caliper piston, zukis are prone to this, especially japanese built ones with aisin calipers
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

zocko wrote:
could be the return spring on the master cylinder gone.


Turned out to be something like this - M/C replaced, and brakes are nor progressive at all speeds.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 17:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad we could help
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