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Tue, 09 Apr 2013

I rebuilt my first master cylinder.
I had bought a whole used braking system from a 1986 Jaguar XJS on eBay. I got the pedal, booster, reservoir, and master cylinder. The seller swore the master cylinder was in good shape. When I got everything installed I only had a couple inches of pedal travel. So I ordered a master cylinder rebuild kit. It was pretty simple to get the cylinder apart, although one of the pistons was stuck in the bore. I had to use compressed air to get it out. And the master cylinder was filled with black goo instead of clean brake fluid. Anyway, I was able to remove, disassemble, rebuild, and replace it all in a one hour lunch.

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