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@ChrisJ suggested we split @Sparky's thread "85TE  Checkover" as the thread has developed into a brake upgrade discussion around the idea of improving the vacuum system. I will move the relevant posts here.

 

 

On 13/08/2018 at 21:20, Sparky said:

Brakes not great (they rarely are on these) - check vacuum/servo/non-return valve, just in case.

 

I had mine 85 in for MOT on Friday. First time ive driven for a couple of months and had a brown trouser moment driving along a the new NDR duel carriageway on the out skirts of noriwch. Hit the roundabout at about 70 and had very little braking going on. I wasnt sure if it was due to being used to my daily or if something had failed.

Seemed a bit better and surprisingly passed the MOT with on an advisory to change the fuel lines (which I had been aware/monitoring)

When I got home the brakes done the same thing. They are rock solid and not spongy but didnt seem to be doing much. Would this be an issue with the servo? Or something else? Maybe the pads need a bit of use?

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Pull the vac pipe off the servo and measure the vacuum level.

then pull the non return valve off the servo and check again.

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32 minutes ago, Buddsy said:

They are rock solid and not spongy but didnt seem to be doing much. Would this be an issue with the servo?

You can check the servo is working by pushing on the brake pedal with the engine off. Then whilst still pressing, start the car, the pedal should move down as the servo assistance kicks in. If it doesn't you'll have a faulty servo or no vacuum to it.

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It's getting there......

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On ‎13‎/‎08‎/‎2018 at 22:20, Sparky said:

I may have overdone it with the photos!

Impossible.

@top-plumber has some interesting thoughts on the brakes and has a potential mod to improve them.

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Cheers Chris.  Wayne?


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10 hours ago, Sparky said:

Cheers Chris.  Wayne?

Hey Gary, I had a thought that might be something. 

The vacuum on these cars is pulled via a very small tapped in connector on the intake manifold and stored in the reservoir on top of the right hand tank. I’m going to install an electric vac pump as on the S4 to operate the servo and let the reservoir serve just the dash. 

I put all the poor performance of the brakes down to not enough vacuum. Just a thought. I will let you know when my car is done. Although you may need an answer sooner so perhaps you could let me know how it works out. ✌️


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That's exactly what I had been thinking!  The pumps used for Ian's DM deletion would be ideal.  And I agree: it's a vacuum issue.  First pump in a TE is pretty good, but then you've exhausted the reserve and subsequent pumps are really wooden.  Trouble is, for a G car, you'd be straying from original and I'm not sure many would go for it. We'll see...


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@Sparky - the brakes are the one area I'd move away from original, as the original are and always have been fairly shocking. I'm waiting on Wayne's results before I go for one of the bigger brake solutions.

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@ChrisJ, I can understand that.  I've done a few brake upgrades on G cars, and they're pretty disappointing.   The work would be pretty much identical to the conversion on an SE High Wing.  That being the case, I already know exactly what parts are required to make TE brakes good!

@top-plumber we must chat about this...

@Barrykearleyit's not the level of vacuum (which is fairly crap anyway); it's the fact that it can't be sustained by a turbo engine.


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@ChrisJ Simon Freebery has AP racing brakes on his fronts. I dont think they had the biggest or most pistons but I think the performance was good on those items.

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30 minutes ago, Sparky said:

@Barrykearleyit's not the level of vacuum (which is fairly crap anyway); it's the fact that it can't be sustained by a turbo engine.

No mechanical vacuum pump then? Precisely why I haven’t connected the vacuum pipe to my S4s manifold.......


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Vacuum is created between the throttle plates and the pistons/intake valves, which are always isolated from the turbo under braking (as throttles closed).  Under braking the only difference to the vacuum, between an N/A and Turbo, would be created by the physical design of the engine (valve timing/compression etc).  So the lower state of tune of the turbo engine will generate a little less vacuum (counteracted by Lotus fitting a larger servo).  Independent contemporary road tests achieved 1g of retardardation (solid disc models) and recorded virtually no fade under stress testing.   Some cars still seem to retain that performance, many do not.  I wonder why?

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Noooo, not Ooodi!  That S4s pump really isn't up to the job.  Around 20 inches of vacuum would be nice.

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1 minute ago, Barrykearley said:

S4s vac pump @top-plumber??? Not seen that one.

The mechanical vac pumps give 19” consistently 

So where did you manage to fit that on the S4s. Ditch the a/c? 


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15 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

No chap - fitted an electric vac pump 

Like a breast pump for a bigger suck.

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28 minutes ago, davevr6car said:

I ditched the ac on my S4s and fitted a mechanical pump and it works a treat.

Why?  Did you change to a servo brake system?


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11 hours ago, 910Esprit said:

Vacuum is created between the throttle plates and the pistons/intake valves, which are always isolated from the turbo under braking (as throttles closed).

I agree with this statement, except where the driver is heel & toeing, so could someone explain why all petrol turbo cars have mechanical or electrical vacuum pumps for the brake servo rather than relying on the manifold vacuum?

Sorry if the post is off topic. :getmecoat:

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Turbo cars are forced induction. Hence little or no vacuum.


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15 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

Turbo cars are forced induction. Hence little or no vacuum.

As 910Esprit stated the vacuum is created between the throttle & the piston when the throttle is closed irrespective of whether the turbo is creating boost or not & even if it is creating boost there's a valve between the intake take off & the servo which would prevent the servo being pressurised.

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 Measure the static vacuum - that will show you how little there is


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