<VV> Brake gremlin

Stephen Upham contactsmu at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 19 15:18:43 EST 2007

My Monza had a complete brake job (new cylinders [complete], shoes,  
turned drums, hoses, and springs about 1000 miles ago.  The master  
was converted to a dual at the same time.
After the first 900 miles or so, the car started dipping to the  
drivers side when stopping (1/2 -3/4 inch) last week.  That has  
dissipated while awaiting a time (today) to pull the drums.  I am  
checking the back brakes first.  The problem was that it sometimes  
seems that the brakes are sticking.  I may have located the problem  
for that in that when I put my foot under the brake pedal and push  
upward the problem goes away (of course until I press the brakes, but  
it happens intermittently).  When I lifted both rear wheels off of  
the ground, the wheels would turn fairly freely for 180 degrees and  
then encounter friction (turnable, but taunt) for the next 180.  I  
took the drums off and checked the innards.  Everything seems to be  
in order, no leaks, broken springs, loose fittings, etc.  The  
adjusters are all the way in. There was lining powder in the drums  
(1/2 table spoon appx. on the drivers and very little on the  
passenger side).  Is it ok to clean the innards (drums, cylinders,  
springs, etc.) with brake cleaner (pads too?)   Should I try to  
adjust the emergency brake?  I pulled it one click and the wheels  
were still able to be turned by hand, though taunt.  I'm a little  
afraid to get them too well adjusted as they do a good job now of  
keeping the car from rolling when pulled two or three clicks (if it  
ain't broke...).


Stephen Upham
Dallas, Texas
North Texas Corvair Association
Corvaireum //

Mid prod. #18732 -1965 Monza Hardtop 110 PG  - Sierra Tan, Saddle, A/ 

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