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3/27/14 12:20pm - Original Message: 'brake problems'
sparkypsr1
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Lakeland, FL - USA

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1981 T-top Coupe Silver L81-350ci-190hp

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I have a 1981 vette and having pedal fading after about 60 miles. I seem to lose about 1/4 in of fluid from the rear of the master cylinder.there is no sign of a leak at all of the lines and hoses.i have replaced everything from the master cylinder back.all new preformed lines, hoses,proportional valve.all new calipers,pads,and hand brake cables.the only thing I didn't replace were the rotors. it is an ongoing problem.when the pedal fades,i look at the master cylinder and it is low,with no sign of fluid again. when I bleed the line I get air at the left rear inner bleeder and a little air at the left inner bleeder. the rest of the bleeder it is all fluid,no air. I don't know where to look.i am totally frustrated.  HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!


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3/27/14 1:46pm - Reply: 'Re: brake problems'
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Woodland, WA - USA

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1977 T-Top,350,Auto Black Ruby Pearl,Steeroids R&P conversion

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did you replace the master cylinder? I believe it could be leaking where it meets the brake booster and possibly into the booster.

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3/27/14 8:06pm - Reply: 'Re: brake problems'
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Carson City, NV - USA

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Numbers matching 1972 350 4 speed, silver pewter body with blue interior

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Its going somewhere that's for sure....you could loosen the MC without cracking the fluid lines and budge a bit and you will quickly fined the fluid if its leaking out the rear of the MC.These new iron MC's are prone to leaking. Chinese crap they are. The one on my car is new and leaking. The PO put it on about a year ago. I've got a Wilwood going on this weekend.

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3/28/14 11:42am - Reply: 'Re: brake problems'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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If you are absolutely certain there is no fluid leaks from the rear calipers, then your master cylinder is most likely leaking into the booster. You can remove the two nuts holding the master to the booster and pull it forward easily, to look and see if it is wet back there. If it is, the master will need to be replaced again, or rebuilt.
Warped rotors can cause air in the system, no matter how many times you bleed it. With the springs behind the pistons of the calipers, the brake pads run against the rotors all the time. If a rotor is warped, the piston(s) will move in-out in their bores while driving, creating what is basically an air pump.....it will suck air into the brake system.
I think you prolly have 2 separate issues, and not just one causing your problems. Ouch

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3/28/14 10:15am - Reply: 'Re: brake problems'
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Lakeland, FL - USA

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i will check the master cylinder again. i check it about 3 mo ago and found nothing.maybe that is the problem. i"ll let you know. i did not turn the rotors,and i do feel a little pulsing when i brake.

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