Monthly Archives: June 2016

Brake bias valve

I finally decided to disregard the service manual and remove the brake safety/bias valve assembly as bleeding the brakes resulted in the pedal becoming solid halfway down its travel and not really doing much. Bought an open ended ring spanner (flare nut wrench) and some PlusGas releasing agent. Sprayed it all up and let it sit before attacking it with the wrench.

wrench

After a while it was all undone.

valve gone

Offending item out. It’s not very big, but it’s milled from a chunk of aluminum.

grubby

Looking into it showed that it was kinda grubby. Undid the safety shuttle valve assembly.

end cap

Yeah, that’s meant to be very clean inside there. It wasn’t.

shuttle valve

The shuttle valve end. It was firmly stuck in position, that’ll be why the brakes didn’t want to bleed properly, then.

piston

Had to hammer it out. It was covered in crusty, solidified old brake fluid. Cleaned it up. Surprisingly the seals are still good.

shuttle done

With the shuttle valve cleaned out, I undid the bias valve assemblies, which were similarly dirty but at least not stuck (too much) and cleaned them out.

all clean

Reassembled it all and put it back in the car. I now need to bleed the system. Hopefully now it’ll be good.