Rear brake imbalance problem – Toyota Corolla year 2000


Toyota Corolla 1.3 Automatic Year 2000 (Non ABS)
Problem: Rear foot brake imbalance

A recent MOT test flagged a 50% imbalance left to right in the rear foot brake circuit.  Handbrake efficiency was perfect and balanced across the axel.

The following items were checked:
Brake Shoes
Brake Shoe Pivots
Handbrake Mechanism
Brakes were bled both by Gravity and Power methods

No Improvement.

Fault was found to be in the brake balance (proportioning valve) mounted on the front bulkhead. This is a 5 connection device, connections are from front master cylinder chamber, left front wheel caliper, rear master cylinder chamber, right rear wheel cylinder, left rear wheel cylinder. Once replaced balance was restored.

This valve is of aluminium cast construction and has mechanical pressure compensating chambers within its body. The ABS version has only 4 pipe connections and no pressure compensating parts – only a pressure shut off valve to protect braking to one split circuit should the opposing system fail.

Toyota Corolla brake compensator valve

A replacement unit must be sought, the later unit made of cast steel, fitted to Non-ABS Yaris models, although of the same format and size will not suitably replace the alloy Corolla unit unless the existing female M10 pipe flares are remade to M10 male flares. This is because the mating union receivers machined in the valve body have male tapers at their base and only mate with M10 female flared pipes.  Connecting the incorrect unit will result in the unit leaking as proper hydraulic sealing will be impossible.

Due to restrictive access to the bulkhead area it is almost impossible to use a flare tool to reform the brake pipe cluster. It is recommended a like for like part is used. However if unavailable a Yaris steel cast unit could be used if the above considerations are adhered to.

Bleeding the system by gravity and then using pedal assist will remove trapped air from the refitted valve block. Power bleeding is made impossible by the push on brake master cylinder cap having no thread on the reserve body to attach/seal the power bleed device.

I hope you find this information useful.


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