Its a good thing that i was allowed to mess around and make dens at home when i was a child as those skills came very handy today. Im sure everyone made a ‘house’ out of a bed cover or blanket to hide under and today i did just that but on a larger scale, involding cars!
Anyway, you might be wondering where im going with this, but over the past couple weeks the daily driver has been loosing its ability to stop which is no good when you live in a hilly area full of tourists and bad drivers, so i carried out some tests. The first one is a pretty good test really if you dont have 4wheel dyno like most MOT test centre, but it works just the same, so heres what you do to test the brakes:
1. Drive along at about 5 mph on gravel or dirt (preferably dry)
2. Hit the brakes as hard and fast as you can to skid for a second
4. Look at the skid marks
after doing this i found 2 decent skidmarks in the grave 1 where it was just disturbed abit and one where there was no evidence of any braking, Oh dear .Out cane the trolly jack and i gave the offending sides a quick look over as i was going out biking soon and heres what i found; the NSF hose had a split in in (easy fix, just some new hose) and the NSR drum had no visible problems apart from looking abit damp, which was strange seeing as it was a sunny day, so i went out on my bike 😛
Fast forward to today and you will see what i was going on about at the beginning. It was pouring down! but i knew it wouldnt stop soon so i parked the polo next to my dads chicken run, got a tarp out the garage and streched it over the car, trapping it in the boot and drivers door and used bungie cords to attach it to the fence so i had a little tent 😀 no light underneeth, but atleast i was dry.
after a breif tea break i pulled off the drum to find this:
with a little puddle of brake fluid in the drum still there. so i checked the seals on the seals on the cylinder and look what i found!
Mmm them crumblies… which was actually crystallized brake fluid (which ive only seen once before on a bike that was left standing for 3 years)
anyway, after finding why they don’t work i drove to TMS in penrith to buy replacement parts and fitted them. Now heres a nother top tip for those of you who dont like waiting for parts to be delivered:
if your brake pads are covered in brake fluid, take them off and heat them up with a blow torch. This will burn away any fluid on them and the heat seems to draw it out of your pads and burn that away too. This wont make them how they should be normally and will make loads of nasty smoke, but has kept me going long enough to get new ones sorted 🙂