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PostSubject: Problem with brakes   Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:30 pm

Hi All. Just bought a 1993 Hiace Super Custom converted to a camper van. Loving it. A Japanese import so I'm nervous about spares and does anyone know if a workshop manual is available?
Have a worrying problem with the brakes. Every now and then the pedal goes flat to the floor. It sorts itself out and is not losing fluid. Anyone got any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:27 pm

Worn mater cylinder, worn servo or sticking brake - all of which need looking at even though the bus is stopping ok!
Maybe worth a bleed through and see what new fluid does first?
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:18 pm

Hi Clive

Yep, the master cylinder seems to be top of the list of possible causes. It is at a garage at present which clams to be able to get parts and know the vehicle. I warned them about needing to remove the dash and they said they knew and were relaxed. I see you are Bristol based, this garage is in Hengrove. I'll let you know how I get on.
I did replace the fluid and bleed the brakes. Good for 1000mls then the problem returned.
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:49 pm

Parts easy to get, getting to it is the problem, Hope thw bill is small
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:46 am

Total of 350 plus VAT for part and fitting. Brakes feel OK, I'm off to Cornwall so that will be a good test. They seemed relaxed about removing the dash. I did have to take out the radio and reconnect the aerial but that was simple.
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:23 pm

Well if you come back on brakes solved!
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PostSubject: Re: Problem with brakes   Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:31 pm

I'm back. The brakes feel fine. Off to Ireland later in the month so an even bigger test.
I do have a problem that I will probably do a separate post for. The conversion has a three person bench seat that can face either forward or back and has a hinge mechanism that allows it to fold flat to be part of the bed. This mechanism has broke so I'm looking for new mechanism or seats from a scrap vehicle. No luck so far.
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