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Old 04-30-2004, 06:35 AM
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1. a The brakes on soon-to-be-mine 1974 AMC Javelin (220hp 360, BW t-10, hurst t-handle, 3.43s, green inside, green outside) are strange. There is no real visible leak underneath the car from brake fluid, but the reservoir empties somehow. Perhaps this is the work of a classified government agency? (joke)

1. b I have some [mopar] Air Conditioner leak flourescent dye, and I was thinking of putting that in and some more brake fluid, and taking a blacklite to it. Is this ok or will it mess up the system?

2. I'd also like some vented fromt discs, since I heard that the originals are non-vented. Is there anyone that does AMC brakes, or how hard would it be to swap some other brakes in?

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Old 04-30-2004, 08:19 AM
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The master may be bad and is leaking the fluid out the back into the carpet padding under the dash.
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Sometimes those brake fluid leaks are in the oddest places, in your case I would bet that bob is correct on your losing it from the back of the master cylinder. If that is the case you might want to keep an eye on the power brake booster as the fluid can be damaging to the booster diaghram.
ps I managed a Midas brake shop for a few years and also had one sinking master cylinder problem that was caused by a rusted brake line that was NOT under the car! Some ford unibodies have a short section of brake tubing under the corner of the rear seat so you might wanna check just in case. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
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Old 05-01-2004, 06:18 AM
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I would not add anything to that system except brake fluid. I also believe that, if there is no sign of leak under the car, it is likely the master cyl. I would pull the mc from the booster a little bit, and look at the back where the rod comes out. You can usually do that without disconnecting any lines. It is likely dripping from there.
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Old 05-02-2004, 02:27 PM
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the master cylinder is the little "brake fluid tank" and the booster is what looks sort of like a big metal hole-less donut on the firewall. If I'm wrong, correct me. Please pardon any errors also. I'm 18, and at this age a coffee can muffler makes Hondas go "faster" (dumber?), plus they call Nitrous "nawwze". Sounds like some sort of sinus infection.

Back on track again, how much would it cost to repaoir the mc, if it is the culprit? Would I be safer getting all new lines/pads/dics/drums/shoes? How much would that cost, too? (if you did that on any old car, that price would work too, just for est.) thanks guys
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Old 05-03-2004, 08:40 AM
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the engine (360 v8) was never rebuilt, but the heads were off of it to remove carbon from combusion chamber. In cyl. no. 1, between the piston and the cylinder wall my step-dad (current holder of title, original owner) is what looks like a spark plug electrode, but he never pulled a plug out of the car with a broken electrode- ever (that's what he said). The "electrode" has worn a groove in the cylinder wall, and he did not remove it because it'd then leak oil, and it'd lave low compression on that cylinder.

What should I do?

I know this really belongs in a new thread under "engines", but I didn't want to make a new thread, and I started this, and this still relates to the car. I'll prolly post a thread there soon though.
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