View Full Version : Better brakes on the KE55 Corolla?
01-09-02, 11:23 AM
I've got the KE70 12.7mm brakes on my Rolla (solid discs front, drums back) and I was wondering what would be the cheapest (after all it's a shitbox) way to keep the brakes from fading...
As it is at the moment if I drive the car hard for any more than 15 minutes the brakes start to fade, and if I don't back off they actually pretty much fail... Which isn't fun when you're barreling down a big hill.
01-09-02, 03:05 PM
Go to the chemist and buy a large syringe.
Suck out the old daggy fluid in the resi
Refill with a decent DOT 4 fluid - like castrol response.
Flush the system thru using a full bottle of fluid. Using only half pumps...not all the way to the floor. Then top up using a second new bottle of fluid. At $7 per bottle this shouldn't break the bank.
If you have never replaced the front pads then now is a good time.....they are probably an unknown brand or past their prime anyway. Even if they look like thay have lots of meat on them change them anyway. Find your local Australian Truck and Auto Parts and ring them. Ask them who your local supplier is of Lucas pads. Here in W.A. ATAP don't sell direct as they are a wholesaler but they might in your state.
Check your disc thickness and make sure they are not undersized.....if they are replace them. Get some DBA slotted ones. If they are still o.k you have 2 choices. Leave them on or have a local engineer slot them for you. It depend on your budget I guess.
These little things might help .
01-09-02, 06:50 PM
Thanks for that :) I've bled the brakes a couple of times now (after every time I overheat the brakes), haven't done a complete flush though...
Why half pumps? What's the difference?
And no, have never replaced the front pads, they were replaced just before I bought the car (about 3 months ago), don't know what brand, probably a dodgy one. The discs are "new" as well (from the wreckers, close to full thickness and newly machined, about 2.5 months old)
Will see what I can do :)
02-09-02, 11:02 PM
If you pump all the way too the florr your pushing the seals beyond their normal working area. If there is corrosion or scale/debris in that area then you can damage the seals as they pass over this crappy area.
02-09-02, 11:34 PM
Fook, you sure you don't want my slotted discs.. eheh.. I know wrong thickness :(
but seriously with slotteds and decent pads you should have no problems, unless you go for a 2 hour hills run are are completely on it the whole time.. not that I ever did that in the KE30
02-09-02, 11:36 PM
Rowdy: Would love the slotted discs if they fit... :( But oh well, don't really have the money to burn at the moment so I guess I'll just have to take it easy on the Rolla...
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