This document describes how to rebuild the 1997 - 1998 Ford Mustang brake pressure control valve using a new seal kit available from Muscle Car Research LLC. Tools needed:
The rebuild kit provided by Muscle Car Research LLC includes the following parts:
- Piston o-ring seals
- Plug o-ring seals
- Piston seal
Install the new o-ring seals on the small plug and brass piston. It helps to lubricate the seals with clean brake fluid. The o-ring used on the small plug is similar in size to the smaller o-ring used on the red plastic cap. The difference is in the thickness of this small plug o-ring - it's thinner in cross section.
Install the piston, o-ring end first.
Install the spring. You should be able to feel the piston pop into place as you push down on the spring.
Install the plug. It should be tightened only enough to get a good seal between the o-ring and the valve body.
Now turn your attention to the proportioning valve component. Install the o-rings seals on the plug and plastic cap and the piston seal on the piston. Make sure that the open end of the piston seal is facing out. Lubricate the seals with clean brake fluid. Note that I used an original piston seal in this picture. The seal provided in the Muscle Car Research rebuild kit is the same size, but it doesn't have serrated edges.
Push the piston into the valve.
Install the spring behind the piston.
Install the plug. You'll need to compress the spring while turning the plug to engage the threads. Again, don't over-tighten the plug. Install the dust cap on the plug.
The rebuild is complete!
Now you can reinstall the valve in the car and reconnect the brake lines to the valve. Start each line by hand as best you can to ensure that the fittings are threading in straight and smooth. Be careful - it's easy to cross-thread the fittings and damage the soft brass threads. Tighten each fitting with a flare nut wrench. You may need to tighten, loosen, and retighten each fitting multiple times to obtain a leak-free seal. Add brake fluid, bleed the brakes, and check for leaks.
The bracket used on this tee was originally plated with a zinc dichromate or yellow cadmium finish. If you're rebuilding the tee for use on a concours show car you will want to either remove the bracket from the tee by carefully reforming the staked brass tab that holds the bracket in place or you can send the entire valve off to have the whole assembly replated. If removed, the bracket can be reinstalled by restaking the brass tab with a ball peen hammer. If not removed, be sure to plug the ports with inverted flare plugs to keep plating material from getting into the valve. Plating material that gets on the valve body can be removed with a bead blaster or a wire wheel, but be sure to protect the bracket with masking tape.