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    An almost Spring day.

    A 2CV that needs rear brakes checked.

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    A DS that needs some sunshine.

    What more could one ask for?

    Cheers, Pottsy
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    Leave the DS parked in the sunshine to dry out/get a tan.

    Drive the 2CV. Rear brakes don't matter. Actually front brakes don't really matter. Just foot down flat on the accelerator and twiddle the wheel to avoid having to stop. All you really need is a good tailwind to make it a perfect day.

    John

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    And how do you check the rear brakes on a 2Cv when its impossible to see the pad wear?

    I just jack it and put a long bar on the wheel nuts

    and get someone to gently press the brakes

    and I tell how tight the rear wheel gets to turn around

    At the same time listening for any metal on metal sound

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    Actually I suspected they were non operative when I got Mrs P to plonk her foot on the pedal with the rear of the car off the ground and the wheel just kept on spinning.

    Now dismantled and in the process of refurbishment.

    Given that the beast seemed to stop quite well, I'm wondering how much better (if at all) it will be with all four paws being retarded.

    Time will tell.

    Oh, and rain is forecast so Moby went back into the garage.

    Cheers, Pottsy
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    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Waiting in the wings
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

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    Sadly, most 2CV rear brakes don't work. The adjusters tend to rust and jam. The rear shoes are a bit of a pain to replace and carry out the initial adjustment unless you have a centring tool. You also need to have a substantial breakfast to undo the rear hub nut.

    Fortunately, with the front disc brake models, they have ample stopping power.

    I find in Sydney driving, I rarely touch the brakes as I always use the gearbox so that I am in the best gear for the situation. I double de-clutch a lot to give smooth fast changes (at the expense of fuel economy). Of all cars, the 2CV really needs you to be strategically looking at the traffic, looking for holes to slip into to maintain momentum. I would change lanes in many situations when in another car I would brake and stay put. The car is so "flickable" that this is easily done. With some momentum and being in the right gear, it is amazing how nippy a 2CV can be. In peak hour traffic, the majority of drivers are thumb-in-bum-mind-in-neutral, listening to their sound system, so skipping through the lanes in a series of orchestrated sine curves is a delight reserved for the insane (read 2CV driver).

    With its superb aero dynamics, a trailing throttle is akin to half applied brakes on any other car.

    John

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