Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Brisbane Australia
Weak Front Brakes
The front brakes on my 96 11D have been weak for some time now. I like to use them hard and often, but the braking power is very poor.
I've had it in the shop for other things and asked them to improve the front brakes at the same time. The first time it was revealed some pistons had seized. They cleaned the calipers up and freed the pistons, the dust boots had perished. They put them back together without the dust boots and I haven't had it back to get a rebuild kit put through the calipers. P.S. I won't entertain the thought of doing brakes myself. I rely on them too heavily.
Pads are fine. Oil is fine. If I throw the anchors out hard, the lever will come close to the bar. If I pump the lever several times, it's much much better. After pumping them then releasing, the good pressure is lost straight away.
My mechanic has suggested a master cylinder rebuild, however with the symptoms I've described, I'd really appreciate some experienced thoughts here.