Hydraulic cylinders are problemo numero uno on all British cars. Brake fluid absorbs water and that moisture corrodes the cylinders and the bores. Corrosion chews up the seals and leaks begin.
About 75% of the British cars that come through our building need new wheel cylinders, slave cylinders and/or master cylinders. The ones pictured here were on “Gavin,” the white Bugeye you see in the trailer in the post above. We changed all six wheel cylinders, the slave and the master, to restart the clock for this car.
You have two lines of defense against this issue:
1) Suck out and bleed out all your hydraulic fluid every two years to get the moisture out of the system. Look for amber, ginger ale colored fluid in the master reservoir. If it has turned black, moisture and contaminants are at work eating up your wheel cylinders and the fluid needs to be changed.
2) Buy the best cylinders you can afford. There are $20 Chinese cylinders out there and they just don’t last. We sell uprated cylinders. They cost more. And they last longer. We want to save you the hassle of starting all over again when your cheap cylinders fail. Get the good ones, and you’ll end up with some extra free time to enjoy your car. Don’t buy the cheap ones!