[DML] Re: D Brakes
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[DML] Re: D Brakes

Thanks for the couple replies I have recieved. All very interesting 
as it does open up some other areas to look. I will have to give 
Dave a call and run down the list of questions. 
In a pnic stop the car will stop. There is no pulling in either 
direction when you apply the barkes. I get a lot of brake pad 
clatter when driving on bumpy pavement even with Rob Grady's spring 
and cotter assembly. I never recall this especially when weI had a 
gravel driveway growing up with the car. Always smooth and quiet, 
soemtimes alittle brake squeal. The problem in a panic stop is that 
that the second longer it takes me to get to the brake actually 
doing anything may be the second I need to prevent an accident. This 
is my main concern of course. 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Harold McElraft" <hmcelraft@...> 
> Believe it or not there are several things that can cause a low 
> pedal. Most common is air in the system (an ineffective bench 
> of a new master cylinder is not too uncommon). Next is a faulty 
> master cylinder - and it goes on to more granular issues from 
> You shouldn't need any "pedal adjustment".
> Since there is no "pumping up" to get pedal, this would imply 
> is no air in the system - except possibly at the master cylinder. 
> Also, I don't know how the brake system was bleed but, if a pedal 
> bleed was performed the pedal bottomed-out the master cylinder by 
> allowing the pedal to go all the way to the floor. The sealing 
> can get messed up when this is done - older MCs are always suspect 
> for this - new MCs can get messed up too. I avoid pedal bleeds on 
> my cars for this reason. If the MC is eliminated as a cause then I 
> would suspect a faulty caliper or bad brake lines? How does the 
> feel in a panic stop?
> Harold McElraft - 3354
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "byrondelorean" <celiambyron@> 
> wrote:
> >
> > I had a full restoration of my DeLorean at Dave Bauerle's garage 
> > 2004. My DeLorean has been in my family since new. There is no 
> > that knows this car better then myself. I cared for this (my 
> > car) since I was 12 Years of age. I also just sold a DeLorean 
> > came in 3rd PLace at the DCS Millenium Concourse this past year. 
> > concern & Looming irritating deal is with my brakes. I remember 
> > nice firm feeling when applying the brakes. Just like a 
> > power assist brakes. Nice smooth transition, just when you 
> > the pedal it should go right into mode soft to firm. I told Dave 
> > that the brakes did not feel right to me after I drove away. 
> > purchase remanufactured complete brake system from Specialty 
> > My understanding was that my original brakes were to be 
> > overhauled and re-installed. Hind site may have forced the issue 
> > either overhauling the existing or going with houston's set: But 
> > before anyone gets bashed, there may be a simple solution. Pedal 
> > adjustment? Here is the deal. The brakes consistantly depress 
> > 4" inches before action takes place. My 3rd place concourse car 
> > about 1/2", just the way I remembered it. Nice and firm. I have 
> > ackward pumping of the brake and variable pedal height that 
> > suggest the master cylinder. Having thought about the Master 
> > Cylinder as suspect, I went ahead and bought a new master 
> > from Houston. Nothing changed. Vaccum was tested. perfect. Lines 
> > were bled 3 times. The owner at Munk's Motors (Porsche VW BMW)  
> > agrees that my brakes are not adiquate compred to the other 
> > DeLorean's he's had the privelage to work on and drive. He does 
> > know what is going on either. No leaks.
> > John Hervey & Dave Bauerle spoke about the issue with no resolve 
> for 
> > me. Yet another year goes by. I want the brakes to work right, I 
> > spent the money, have no problem to spend more when someone can 
> tell 
> > me what is needed. So for me the brake sytsem is suspect.
> > 
> > Any one that can solve this problem for me is my friend for 
> > Unfortunately Dave's shop is a 3 hour drive, so warranty issues 
> > not an easy task. Dave did a remarkable job on my car. To date 
> > drives and sound like new other than the brakes. However Dave is 
> > only as good as the parts he recieves. I also had a faulty 
> > light caused by a connection form the alternator purchased at 
> > Specialty. When I conduct business, a vendor and manufacturer 
> > (myself) get together with the customer to solve problems. I 
> > like to see this happen so I can feel as thou all that could be 
> done 
> > was done.
> > Byron
> >

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