Brake prob­lems

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - TECHNICAL -

I have been hav­ing prob­lems on my 2001 Td5 De­fender. Some­times the brakes are per­fect and some­times I have to pump the pedal twice which then gives me per­fect brakes. I have bled the brakes on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions with lit­tle or no ef­fect. Please steer me in the right di­rec­tion be­fore I re­place the master cylin­der.

– Danie Koen Ed – I had the same prob­lem with my De­fender and be­fore re­sort­ing to over­haul­ing the master cylin­der I spoke to Gate­way Of­froad cen­tre. Nekkies ad­vised that the first thing I should look at are the wheel bear­ings. A loose bear­ing causes the disc to wob­ble and forces the pads open. That is why you have to press the brake twice. As sim­ple as that!

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