TE low brake fluid sensor and fits both the metal type of Lockheed Low Brake - a vital safety device brake fluid reservoir with either the Bob Owen from Berkshire original metal cap or the later nylon cap Fluid Sensor suffered a brake servo failure we see on V8s. A variant of the sensor gives early on his chrome bumper has also been produced for the cap on the later see-through plastic replacement MGBGTV8 and decided he warning of would like a little more warning brake fluid reservoirs. brake fluid if the brake fluid loss might LBFS can be used with occur again! He was well negative or positive earth MGs loss placed to create an electronic The kit comes in a pack with all the sensor as he runs an parts and comprehensive fitting electronics business. His kit instructions together with a copy of a was launched in July 2005 and detailed note which describes an has undergone extensive enthusiast’s experience fitting one of the testing with fellow V8 kits to an MGBGTV8. The sensor enthusiasts. It is seen as a operation is thermal. The sensor element very useful safety measure is a small metal cased device 5mm dia and is easy for enthusiasts to by 3mm which is surrounded by a larger fit. metal protective shroud attached to the The need for this kit is clear - cap. The alarm goes off within 1.5 there have been over four minutes if fluid does not surround the cases of total failure of servos sensor. The delayed response makes on MGBGTV8s which are the unit proof against false alarms from reported in the V8 Workshop TE Electronics have developed an ingenious fluid displacement such as might occur Notes series. By "total failure" we mean device to monitor the brake fluid level on when cornering or braking hard. a complete loss of brake fluid swallowed classic MGs from the sixties and seventies The electronics are built onto a by the servo so when you apply the so you have early warning of low brake fluid hexagonal printed circuit board which brakes your foot goes straight to the levels that may cause brake failure. The takes the place of the push-on lid on the floor with that immediate sensation of TE3509 Low Brake Fluid Sensor has the standard plastic screw cap. The horror that you have no brakes other outward appearance of a standard cap on components are mostly surface mount than the very limited retardation the brake fluid reservoir, but underneath are (ultra miniature) types which fit into the provided by a hand brake! If you have the sensor and electronics. It is a significant void in the cap. The printed circuit board had this type of failure, your spine stays safety enhancement and particularly has a 0.6mm dia vent hole which cold for ten days or more afterwards! valuable on cars with single circuit braking communicates with the reservoir via a Regular brake checks are essential systems and remote servos. Over time a small slot in the sensor connector with classic MGs from the sixties and servo seal can age and then leak or fail assembly, simulating the original vent seventies but as a number of models resulting in a total brake failure as all the path. The three wires to the unit pass the 30 or 40 year age barrier, it brake fluid is drawn out of the system by the (chassis, +12V and Indicator) are has to be prudent measure to have your inlet manifold vacuum. servo and hydraulic It’s human nature to think it pipework and hoses cannot happen to you – but it thoroughly checked by a skilled specialist. The can! Low brake fluid sensor Many members who have purchased a provides a reassuring TE3509 LBFS have noted warnings of low confirmation of a correct fluid levels so they could deal with the risks fluid level each time you in good time. This is not scaremongering but start the car - both an a real concern for owners of classic cars with audible bleep and a ageing brake hydraulics and servos. Several confirmatory light. Then cases of complete loss of brakes from servo should the fluid level failures have been reported recently and drop at any stage whilst they were spine chilling. you are underway on It is human nature to think it cannot the road, then a flashing happen to you, but it can - so why not get a light and a bleep come TE3509 LBFS now? It is suitable for an on with gusto giving you MGB, MGC, MGBGTV8, Midget and Sprite. the earliest warning that It is easy to install and comes with clear step you should stop the car by step instructions. as soon as possible. The TE low brake TE Electronics Ltd www.teelectronics.co.uk fluid sensor kit can be 0118 933 2533 or firstname.lastname@example.org used with 12V negative or positive earth cars www.mgcc.co.uk September 2007 1 connected to a small orange plastic plug so that the cap/sensor is easily removed to examine and top up brake fluid levels. The unit is protected against surge voltages, reverse connection and short circuit of the LED indicator/bleeper or cabling. The aim is for simple and foolproof installation and use! www.mgcc.co.uk September 2007 2
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