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T-Series Brake Issue


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Hi All - So my father recently acquired a 1952 MG TD. It has been partially restored and we will be working to finish it up. When we got the car, the front brakes had seized. We were able to free them and get them adjusted and thats where we ran into a weird situation. We went to bleed the brakes, I was on the pedal and he was at the brakes. Once we had all of them bled, the brake pedal will not not budge. You have to put your full body weight on it in order to get it to move but it also will not engage the brakes. They will continue to move. Anyone experienced this or have any recommendations on what to do next. First time working/restoring a European Car.


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First of all welcome and congratulations. Sounds like a great project. How long since it was worked on? Almost always the first thing to check is the brake hoses - two at the front and likely one at the rear. They perish internally and act as one way check valves - they won't let the fluid back. I would change the hoses regardless.

Mickey Richaud

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:iagree: - J-P is on to something regarding the hoses. I'd be concerned about the condition of the fluid as well, especially if it's an unknown at this point.

And welcome to BCF!


Luke Skywalker
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I'd do all that and replace the seals in the master and wheel cylinders, maybe even just replace the wheel cylinders. If it's been sitting for some time then even if they aren't leaking right now they probably will start with actual use since the rubber doesn't like to sit and the fluid may have collected water.


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Would remove and replace all the components and start fresh. Send the cylinders out to be sleeved, and replace all hard lines. Be sure that the liners are fitted right way round. Check pedal shaft for wear and re sleeve, lube as necessary.
Brakes are not to be over looked, as they along with steering are the two most important components on a vehicle.
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