In late 2006 my passion for Porsche that had been kindled by owning a boxster lead me to search for a 911. In February 2007 I found a lovely, well used 964 carrera 2 coupe in GP white and embarked on a new adventure. This running report is about my 964 that would be used for high days, holidays and track days and be a 'project car'. It wouldn't matter if it spent time waiting for things to be fixed as it wouldn't be used as a daily driver.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Attention to the brakes (Oct 07)

This weekend's job is to get the brakes in good order for the car's last track outing of the year, next week at Oulton.

Here's the stuff I got to go on it:

I've gone for Pagid Sports for the front which are a bit more track focussed. Unfortunately I could only get standard pads for the back. I'm trying Halfords uprated Dot4 racing fluid to tackle the fade problem. Getting the pagids and uprated fluid has turned what normally be a fairly cheap parts bill into one that cost the best part of £220!

Here's a shot of the rear pads I took out. The extreme heat they suffered at Donny is clearly shown by the melted brake pad sensors.

New pads now installed so just need to do the bleeding tomorrow.

When the rain finally cleared out of the way today I finished this weekend's brake blitz by flushing with the new uprated brake fluid. With the eezibleed kit it's....well....easy. Here's a few pics to help anyone who wants to save a few quid by doing their own fluid changes:

1. Fill the bleed bottle with fluid and attach it to the fluid reservoir. The brake reservoir cap and float has been removed and the correct cap from the kit fitted. The mole grips are crimping the overflow pipe so that the system is completely closed.

2. Connect the bleed bottle hose to the tyre valve of the nearest wheel (after having first dropped the tyre pressure to 20 psi).

3. Starting at the brake caliper furthest from the reservoir (rear nearside for mine) attach a clear piece of tubing to the bleed valve and crack it open. Catch the fluid in a jar. Once the fluid gets nice and clean (about 250 ml) close the valve.

4. Disconnect the line from the tyre valve, refill the bleed bottle as necessary and move onto the next brake caliper. By the time you get to the front caliper nearest the reservoir it will take less and less fluid for the new fluid to come through.

The whole process took about an hour. Most of this time was taken up by jacking up and removing the wheel from each corner.

Then I went out and bedded in the new pads by doing about 10 progressively harder stops from 60 to 10 mph. All is now looking good for tuesday at Oulton

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