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Hi all,

I live in an area with questionable mechanical expertise, and I have none at all, so I'm looking for a bit of advice.

When travelling at normal speed and braking, there is no problem at all. When travelling at walking pace or slower, anything but a

slightest touch on the brake pedal causes the front wheels to lock, and the brakes stay on. They do release when the car starts moving

but are bound enough to hold the car still on a slight incline.

The local mechanic (there is only one) has on different occasions suggested that this is completely normal, then agreed to remove the

wheels, clean the brakes and top-up brake fluid. When this made no lasting difference, he's suggested the master cylinder should be

replaced. I read that a failing master cylinder causes very different symptoms than this problem. So I'm wanting to check it out.

The car is 19 years old, had new discs and pads throughout about 20 months ago and does not cover a lot of mileage, but probably still

has the original brake system installed. The car has about 120,000km on the clock.

Any advice would be very welcome.



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Agreed.
Both of you... time to replace it.
I looked into the BPV and in the process got a referral to a garage we didn't know existed. They seemed more helpful but maintained it was the master brake cylinder that wasn't returning correctly. They also quoted 66% less than the other garage to replace the MC.

I've had the work done, and the brakes seem much more progressive at all speeds, and aren't binding. It doesn't mean it's the end of the problem as I've only driven the car home, but it's good so far.

Many thanks everyone for taking the time out to ofer suggestions. It's much appreciated.


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I'm glad the problem seems to be worked out. I hope it stays that way. The master cylinder on these vehicles is extremely simple to replace. About half an hour of labor and that includes bleeding the brakes. If you ever do the proportioning vavle then it will take you about the same amount of time. Most of that is spent bleeding the system.
 
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