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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2016, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Current State of my Alfa

So when the car needed emission testing and failed, I took it off the road for a while after beating the crap out of it for 10 yrs. Right now, it looks like this (but in the garage)
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So the main reason its not on the road is I'm not happy with the brake pedal feel after replacing the front end components.

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So the main reason its not on the road is I'm not happy with the brake pedal feel after replacing the front end components.
Are you sure it's fully bled?
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So the main reason its not on the road is I'm not happy with the brake pedal feel after replacing the front end components.
I had the same thoughts when I put on my rebuilt calipers. I had my calipers rebuilt and in doing so there is a new piston seal that is square. over time it will wear in but when it is new it causes the brakes to feel squishy. This is because it pulls the piston back after you apply them. After driving my car a bit over the last week it has gotten better.

All that said it is important that the brakes are bled really well.

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So the main reason its not on the road is I'm not happy with the brake pedal feel after replacing the front end components.
if you replaced the calipers, remember it's possible to put the calipers back on the wrong sides (so, upside down!), in which case you will never get the air out.

....if the bleed nipples are not at the top, you have them on wrong.

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Yes I've bled them 3 times all ready - pedal, hand suction pump, power suction pump. New master cylinder, new front calipers. Thinking I need to take the "older" backs off and make sure everything moves and is lubed correctly. Car sat for a few years and these were put on a year or so before that. Then I'll try again.

And yup, all installed correctly.

Want to get it back on the road and spend a few days performing and Italian tune-up...

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Thinking I need to take the "older" backs off and make sure everything moves and is lubed correctly. Car sat for a few years and these were put on a year or so before that.
Not sure I followed that - what are the "backs"?

Caliper pistons will stick when a car is un-used for some time. Humid air causes the pistons to corrode, sticking the seals to the pistons. When only one side, or neither side of a caliper is moving, the brakes will feel odd. Solution is to disassemble, clean-up, reassemble. There is nothing to lubricate - brake fluid provides the lubrication.

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