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#1 Posted : Monday, 27 December 2021 1:01:03 PM(UTC)
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Finally getting back to getting the wb back on the road. The brake master cylinder needs a rebuild. Ive got it out of the car, i haven’t rebuilt one before, are these easy enough to do yourself or should I take it to a brake shop?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, 28 December 2021 1:08:46 AM(UTC)
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Never done one but comprehensive instructions are out there on the net and in the manuals.
If you have drums there is a little valve in the outlet which is difficult to replace. IIRC it needs drilling, tapping and pulling.
And if the bore is scratched or pitted I would let a shop do it.
But if you have the tools you need, have a go.
If you get another one from a brake shop you will also have a spare which is worth considering as parts become rarer. I would definitely get one from a speciality brake shop as the autoparts store ones can be poor quality (damhik).
Good luck.
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#3 Posted : Thursday, 30 December 2021 11:33:35 PM(UTC)
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I'd get it professionally rebuilt and stainless steel sleeved.
Attn camry drivers. The accelerator is the skinny pedal on the right.
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#4 Posted : Tuesday, 11 January 2022 10:43:30 AM(UTC)
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Ive dropped the master cylinder off to a brake shop and he’s pulled it almost apart but is struggling to get one of the pistons out and has advised the only way is to slam the cylinder on concrete to jar it out. He said it will mark up the cylinder which is original
Should I proceed or just buy a new one?
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, 11 January 2022 12:02:10 PM(UTC)
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If that is 'the only' method he can come up with then personally I'd be taking my master cylinder elsewhere.

Incidentally, was the concrete floor of the workshop well marked from prior jobs??
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, 11 January 2022 3:24:37 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: holden05 Go to Quoted Post
Ive dropped the master cylinder off to a brake shop and he’s pulled it almost apart but is struggling to get one of the pistons out and has advised the only way is to slam the cylinder on concrete to jar it out. He said it will mark up the cylinder which is original
Should I proceed or just buy a new one?


That sounds pretty sus !! I would take it to a shop that has seen one of these before.

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#7 Posted : Tuesday, 11 January 2022 5:35:22 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: holden05 Go to Quoted Post
Ive dropped the master cylinder off to a brake shop and he’s pulled it almost apart but is struggling to get one of the pistons out and has advised the only way is to slam the cylinder on concrete to jar it out. He said it will mark up the cylinder which is original
Should I proceed or just buy a new one?



pardon...what?
geezers even I have the various sets of pliers to get recalcitrant pistons out of master cyl bodies.
Plus compressed air adaptors if they are still not budging (and a heavy leather glove to catch the little mother!)

smack 'em on the concrete you do NOT do... ever!

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#8 Posted : Tuesday, 11 January 2022 7:57:37 PM(UTC)
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Do he say it was a brake shop, or a break shop?
The Readymix Easyout isn't a good choice.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, 12 January 2022 5:18:49 PM(UTC)
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End up just buying a new bosch one. Got my
Old one back with it. I’m pretty sure I’ve been dudded as I took pics of the old one before I sent it off and I’m sure as hell what I’ve got back ain’t mine
Anyhow, should I bring it to their attention or just move on with the new one?
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#10 Posted : Thursday, 13 January 2022 5:32:38 PM(UTC)
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Matter for you, but probably a waste of time. I'll guess and say by the time he asked you about smashing it into the concrete and damaging it he had already lost his temper and done it, and was subsequently hoping for your approval.
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