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Old 04-20-2017, 08:32 AM   #1
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Default Unbolting master cylinder to make room

Hey all, here is my situation:

I recently replaced the valve body of my '96 SL2 and when we (me and my father-in-law) put the cover back and got the car all put backed together we noticed, after a day or two, that the car was leaking transmission fluid. Upon inspection, we found pooling on the valve body cover, come to find out three of the bolts were not locking in. They would start to feel torqued but would continue to spin. So now we are putting in helicoils to remedy this, however, one of the holes is just slightly under the master cylinder. So my question is this: can I unbolt the master cylinder without disconnecting it, to make room to install the helicoil or would that only add to my repair work? I appreciate your help.

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Old 04-20-2017, 08:56 AM   #2
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Yes, but don't then let anyone hit the brake. Only move the minimum required.

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Old 04-20-2017, 08:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Unbolting master cylinder to make room

As long as the brake lines are in good condition, which they usually are in that area, it's fine to unbolt the MC and push it to one side. If the lines aren't in good shape there's a good chance they'll just crack & break instead of bend, creating quite the headache.

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Old 04-20-2017, 09:17 AM   #4
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Default Re: Unbolting master cylinder to make room

Thank you very much for the quick reply, Fetchitfido and OldNuc. I will check the lines before unbolting, and the car is on jacks so nobody should be in there pressing the break. Thanks again!

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