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"New" brake parts, not so new

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jimbo121, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. jimbo121
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    OK I'll start by saying I don't buy a lot off the internet unless it is absolutely necessary. Bought some wheel cylinders from a reputable parts supplier(I won't name any names here) as it was cheaper to get them from the States than it was here in NZ. Parts arrived quickly which was great , fitted them up and bled them. Ok so far. About a month later I see a drip of fluid on my left front tyre. After rechecking all connections, I pulled the drum off to find brake fluid all over my nice new brakes, the cylinder had pissed out majorly. I removed cylinder, stripped and inspected, nothing untoward, refitted, and the bastard still leaked. REmember, these were sold as NEW parts.
    Took it down to my local brake specialist. THE FINDINGS.... My new cylinder had been re honed and fitted with shitty taiwanese seals that were't even the right diameter for the bore. WTF??? They fixed it for not much money.
    Lesson learned, won't be shopping there again or taking anything for granted, especially something as important as brakes. :eek:
     
  2. rod1
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    Why not mention names? Might save someone else a lot of hassle, or worse.
     
  3. parts store sometimes have problems with aholes that buy a good part, exchange it with their crappy part, then return it as new. the store puts it back in inventory and eventually resells it. i have bought new parts opened the box and found parts that way.
     
  4. jimbo121
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    Very true. My point of this post was not to have a bitch about anyone , rather to remind us that shit still happens. Keep your eyes wide open! ( OK, maybe I was just a teeny bit pissed off!!:mad:)
     
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  5. NMCarNut
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    Did you contact the supplier and tell them your story? Since you took the cylinder to a specialist you have at least some verification to your problem. While you may not get satisfaction a decent supplier will at least try to work a solution with you.

    Cheers!
     
  6. A tub
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    jimbo funny story as same thing happened to my brother, bled cyls up and boom leakrs yet straight away all over nice new shoes, nicely painted backing plates etc etc, got em rehoned and new decent seals ,problem solved, i have the same cyls and went and got this done not long ago as i dont wanna test this theory and yes ours are from U.S from reputable dealer and i wont name them either sorry hambers, these are the only things i know of that ive/weve had issues with, alls good ,problem fixed and works fine everyones happy at end of day, it would just be easier if it didnt, but hey without struggle in this ,there would be no achievement and most of us are all aimhttp://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gifing in one direction to get our cars built and enjoy em :D
     
  7. A tub
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    by the way ,mine were definately new, not recond, im 100% sure of that,
     
  8. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    Some time ago, Dick Spadaro mentioned that some brake cylinders manfacturers are not using cylinder lube as they have in the past and recommended new cylinders be broken down and lubed with brake fluid before installation. Lack of factory assembly lube causes leaks.
     
  9. A tub
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    Jimbos a mechanic hes specialist enough in my opinion,but yes he would have back up with this from his brake specialists, cyls are basic theres not much in em ,they are always easy to see issues inside at most times and at most times ill blame it on cups, other times bore, but mostly cups are issues, if the cups are poor material ,or cheap/cheap if this makes sense then when 1st bleed happens to get the air pressure out will blow these crappy cups to bits because some of them just shouldnt be made (just my opinion here) ,now considering brakes are a safety item the manufacturers of these need to be more careful, as this is whats stopping our car going into the one infront of us/walls/trafficlight poles, ok might be excaggerating here however,just making a point that they are for safety and possibly a pressure test on these things before there sold wouldnt hurt, take a small amount of time and have a happy customer that would gladly recomend them to everyone he knows whos using the same circumstances
     
  10. A tub
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    so true , agreed, cups and pistons shouldnt go into them dry, recipe for disaster
     
  11. jimbo121
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    Done and done. Cheers:D
     
  12. tjet
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    1. Early Hemi Tech

    I wonder if stainless or bronze sleeves would make them last longer?

    Also, I'm not a big fan synthetic brake fluid either. Just use a high grade "regular" fluid and flush it every 4 years.
     
  13. charlieb66
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    "pissed out majorly". I must remember that terminology. Sure to impress some of my redneck friends at a cruise_in.
     

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