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Old 03-11-2016, 04:10 PM   #1
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Rebuild or buy new wheel cylinders

I have a 91 ford b700 with the lucas girling brakes... one of my wheel cylinders blew. To replace both the upper and lower cylinder (on one side) would cost somewhere around $500. I found that wheel cylinders are re-build-able, and it would cost about $160 (in parts) to get both wheel cylinders rebuilt.

My question is, are these rebuild kits reliable for bigger vehicles?

I tried looking it up but some people end up saying "you are better off buying new ones since it is only a few more dollars" but they are talking about light weight vehicles (under 7000 lbs grvw).
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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If you are competent enough to Rebuild them yourself, i would do so. Just take your time. these are your brakes, and if done improperly, you may cause a serious safety problem due to early failure.
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:06 PM   #3
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A lot of the answer is dependent on the condition of the cylinder its self. If the
wheel cylinder is so heavily pitted that a wheel cylinder hone won't remove the
pits then you are left with three choices 1. replace with new 2. have the cylinder
sleeved with a stainless sleeve 3. have the inside of the cylinder chromed. Try
calling Olympic Brake Supply and see if they can steer you to someone capable
of the last two operations. Hagen Auto Parts in Puyallup may help as well. Just
do not reuse wheel cylinder cups as they will definitely fail always use new cups.
You might also check some of the larger truck parts places as some of the
cylinders are now being produced out of China cheaper than you can rebuild
what you have. Good luck
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