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Author Topic: MK1 Brake cables  (Read 2372 times)

Offline bigjeeze

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MK1 Brake cables
« on: May 25, 2015, 04:29:20 PM »
My wife's MK1 failed the MOT on a sticky handbrake/calliper, a missing or split exhaust clamp, a missing tie wrap/clip on the NS steering rack gaiter  and a bulging tyre. Oh yes also failed on missing seal on the fuel cap?  Which was rather good as when I got the car home the cap was missing!. 

When checking the sticky calliper I discovered that both rear brake cables were starting to fray badly, and also the centre cable adjuster was so rusty that when I tried to move it snapped.  The cables are cheap at 13.00 each for the rears and 7.00 for the centre one.

The tyres are a different story.  The existing tyres are Continental Vanco 2 XL's - - the front ones are down to 2mm but the rears looked absolutely fine. When I examined the one it failed the MOT on I found that it had indeed bulged in the tread area not the side walls. Definitely a fail.   I intend to put Dunlop's on it - at 65 each.  I had replaced two of the continentals as a result of punctures etc. but was a bit miffed that this one had started to disintegrate - so I looked up my receipts and found that I had bought them in 2005!! not bad going. But it made me realise that tyres can die of old age as well as just plain wear and tear. 
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Offline gregers

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Re: MK1 Brake cables
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 08:28:18 PM »
few decades ago when i had my zaffy,the mot guy tried to fail the car on a cracked rear tyre.when he told me i asked him to show me it and indeed there was cracking deep inside the tread of the tyre,which peed me off as it had about 7 mm on it.
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Re: MK1 Brake cables
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 05:16:34 PM »
Further to my post yesterday they also failed the car on the fuel cap seal not present or ineffective. Which was a new one on me. When I got the car home I went to check it and found they hadn't replaced it. It goes in for a re test tomorrow after 4 new tyres all new brake cables but as I can't replace the seal I amy get screwed. Does anyone know what the seal size is?   Anyone feel ike measuring theirs  ???
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