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divethedeep



Member Since: 17 Sep 2014
Location: sussex
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 Td5 HT Arles Blue
Poor brakes

Hi my dec 03 defender 90 has poor brake efficiency
It always passes mot but I feel brakes could be better
It is fitted with bfg muds 255 85 16 No abs
It is impossible to lock wheels on a dry road
The servo is working

Any ideas ??

Post #801411 8th Nov 2019 9:33pm
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markb110



Member Since: 22 May 2010
Location: Guildford
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England 2002 Defender 90 Td5 HT Epsom Green

Worth just replacing all the brake pads. I do mine at 50% worn. That way the pistons are not out to far as they wear down.

Cheap to do so worth a try.

I to have a TD5, no ABS. It locks up under heavy braking but I try to avoid this especially in the wet. I have also swapped the front single discs to vented 110 versions.

Post #801413 8th Nov 2019 9:49pm
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divethedeep



Member Since: 17 Sep 2014
Location: sussex
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 Td5 HT Arles Blue

I did think about new pads as it’s all down to friction The ones fitted at present have probably done about 5k miles. Front discs are the vented type

Post #801415 8th Nov 2019 10:17pm
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grafty99



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Although the servo on my 2002 90 was working, my brakes felt a bit 'wooden'

I replaced the servo and sharp and powerful brakes were restored Thumbs Up 2002 90 Td5 Station Wagon
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Post #801421 8th Nov 2019 10:32pm
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DefenderJon



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Northern Ireland 2000 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Epsom Green
Re: Poor brakes

divethedeep wrote:
Hi my dec 03 defender 90 has poor brake efficiency
It always passes mot but I feel brakes could be better
It is fitted with bfg muds 255 85 16 No abs
It is impossible to lock wheels on a dry road
The servo is working

Any ideas ??


Check around the area where the two nuts are on the front of your brake servo - there’s a good chance the servo casing is cracked which will mean you’re losing vacuum. As said above, if this is your problem , a new one will transform your brakes.

Jon. Defender 90 TD5 CSW - The longer I own it, the newer it gets!!

Post #801438 9th Nov 2019 6:43am
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lightning



Member Since: 23 Apr 2009
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I’ve got a 2004 TD5 90 XS

The brakes are in good condition, just had new discs and pads. It’s very hard to lock the wheels on a dry road, ours has ABS and even in the rain it’s a job to get the ABS to kick in.

It certainly stops quickly enough, so there’s nothing wrong with the brakes or servo.

Post #801491 9th Nov 2019 1:33pm
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divethedeep



Member Since: 17 Sep 2014
Location: sussex
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 Td5 HT Arles Blue
Re: Poor brakes

DefenderJon wrote:
divethedeep wrote:
Hi my dec 03 defender 90 has poor brake efficiency
It always passes mot but I feel brakes could be better
It is fitted with bfg muds 255 85 16 No abs
It is impossible to lock wheels on a dry road
The servo is working

Any ideas ??


Check around the area where the two nuts are on the front of your brake servo - there’s a good chance the servo casing is cracked which will mean you’re losing vacuum. As said above, if this is your problem , a new one will transform your brakes.

Jon.
Thanks Jon I have found the cracks you were talking about. And ave ordered a new servo

Post #801672 10th Nov 2019 7:18pm
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TJH1985



Member Since: 22 Aug 2016
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Exactly the same with mine, always passed a MOT but didn't feel right. My servo was also cracked, replaced it last year and the improvement was unbelievable, I actually locked them up at the first junction Embarassed

Post #801706 10th Nov 2019 9:49pm
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divethedeep



Member Since: 17 Sep 2014
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United Kingdom 2003 Defender 90 Td5 HT Arles Blue

Looking forward to new servo arriving. I will report on improvement

Post #801825 11th Nov 2019 7:07pm
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