We tend to do fewer miles in our Spridgets than we do in our daily car (in most cases), and with servicing intervals on modern cars now in excess of 12000 miles, the Spridgets may get neglected and as such the front brakes will suffer.
In recent weeks I have looked at and advised a few about brakes. It appears to be the general opinion that the front brakes on Spridgets are less than good and various upgrades are considered. Before you go down that route, please consider this. The Disc brake set up on a Midget or Sprite is, when maintained correctly, perfectly adequate for the car. Next time you have the car on axle stands with the front wheels off, take a look at the front brakes, NO, not just a casual glance, take the pads out, are they free in the calliper to move? do the pistons move freely? I have to say that most that I look at DON'T. With a little care, all can be freed up and once re-assembled, will work well. Another point to check, are the discs themselves in good order? a full braking surface on both sides of each disc, not too thin and running true. These are just things that will make you feel that these cars are not safe to drive, or perhaps not safe for your spouse or son or daughter to drive. Check em out... It makes sense!
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