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Renewing or upgrading the brake flexi-hoses can also make a big difference
Fair play Noel you do give good advice!
This is a good mod to do. Replace the hoses with steel braided pipes or evem just new OEM spec should give better pedal feel. As Noel quite rightly put over the years the rubber pipes get a bit tired and will swell fractionally when you step on the brake pedal. New OEM pipes obviously won't do this as much but steel braided pipes won't do it at all and will give you a nice firm pedal.
These are good. I plan on getting some for my Mazda.
A fluid change will help too. I think brake fluid absorbs something like 2% water per year. So if you think it hasn't been changed in a while it would be worth changing.
Water in there will make you pedal feel squidgy and the worst part is water has a lower boiling point than brake fluid. So if you brakes are getting hot ,that water in your fluid is turning into steam which is compressable, then before you know it you have no brakes to stop with.
When I got my MX it had been stood round for a while and the brakes were crap, a fluid change and a good clean all round improved things 10 times.
Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car.
Oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.
Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall.
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.
Currently in Mikey's garage:
1996 Mazda MX-3 V6, a 2002 1.2 8v Fiat Punto active (the Wife's!) and a 1998 Suzuki GN 125. Used to own a 2002 Laguna II Dynamique 1.8 16V (Now Sold yey!)