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Hi Sonic...
Just a quick note...
Jeszek does not frequent these forums too often as he has moved out of the "city" to a small mountain town...
He is a "good guy" and will eventually respond to your post...
I would love to someday meet up with him and his family...
We try to keep in touch when we can...
Dave

@Loyale 2.7 Turbo pictorials are at a professional level and have helped many folks here.
 

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Greetings from Virginia US! ...
Thank you! :) Greetings from Honduras.

... I have randomly arrived on your thread about Kia Sephia and I congratulate you for the patience to write all of those updates! ...
Thank You!


... I am looking to replace my steering rack on a 2001 Mercury Sable ... because of a similar small leak ... Like your car's owner manual, Ford recommends use of ATF (Mercon) in their power steering, so I think I'll try first the brake fluid trick ...
Yes, it is a Good idea, because you already have the spare part handy, but you don't have time to do such a swap; so, in the meantime, while you can get at it, you can try the Brake Fluid trick, let it run for a couple of days, and then report here if you noticed any change in the leakage behaviour.

Remember: this trick works on worn seals only.
So, if the leakage is due to another cause, such like a cracked hose, it will never help to reduce or stop the leakage.

Thank you for writing,
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From your comments the other thread:

"We are not working as lawyers anymore... Instead of working as Lawyer, now I manage the Storage and Distribution of different hardware and bulky items, delivering them in big Trucks to different places as required. I'll try to access internet at least once per week."
"I kindly suggest you to see less TV, less social media, drink less alcoholic beverages, smoke less; to avoid wasting your precious time and resources in empty things; and fill the hearts of every member of your family, with your presence, your warm heart, the things that you do together; you know... with spiritual things. Material things will never fill your immaterial soul.
Sorry for this long letter, but I wanted to explain the reason why I am not visiting often my Facebook, nor the automotive web forums I used to... somehow I noticed that my daughter was growing too fast, and I decided to shut off my "Virtual Life" online, as much as I could; in order to spend all the quality time I can, with my Daughter, my wife, and the rest of my family. "
I totally agree! Enjoy the beautiful mountains and family! Life goes by!

Share online only what you really think is important, kind of like in old times of film photography... I personally hate the direction that all the Internet is going now, they teased us with free "goodies" and now, when we became addicted, those companies show their true face - greed and more greed.
 

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Awesome Magic Trick!

Regarding this recent post about pouring an ounce of Brake Fluid to a Leaky power steering system:

...and the system hasn't leaked a single Drop in over a Year!!! :eek:

Definitely, this trick has some hidden science behind...
More than two years so far, and the system recently started to leak a couple of drops per week :eek:

Awesome! :)

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For two years, my lazy-ass trick worked well, but the hydraulic steering rack's seals decided to restart the leakage, and I am not at the best moment to find and buy a good used hydraulic steering rack at the local junk yards, and do the Swap.

Also, the only car part when I have failed flat-on-my-face to successfully repair, is leaky hydraulic steering racks, all the ones that I've tried to repair, ends equally leaking or even worse, no matter if I use brand new seals from the original car brand, or aftermarket ones; so I really dislike to repair hydraulic steering racks; I prefer to Swap 'em... but I can't obtain another one soon.

So, I decided to give to this lazy-ass trick, a second chance; and this time I poured more than two ounces of Wagner's DOT3 non-synthetic Brake Fluid, to an almost full Power Steering fluid's reservoir, while engine was at idle, just minutes prior to start a 420 miles trip, hoping to not need to be refilling the reservoir with power steering fluid during the Trip, nor running out of power steering fluid...

...and the Magic happened once again! :haha:

The thing hasn't leaked a single drop in said trip, nor in this two whole weeks since I poured the Brake Fluid to the Power Steering Fluid;
 

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The trick consists in basic science: The Brake Fluid Swells the Rubber Seals while softening 'em; just the contrary from what age and usage does to them: Shrinking and Hardening.

I'll update regarding this, as soon as anything new, happens; but the "KiaStein" keeps working Flawlessly, thanks to God.

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Always something new from a guy that has to keep things going in Honduras :)
North Americans usually only think "auto parts stores" or scrap a car that needs only a couple hundred dollars to bring it back to a reliable vehicle...
I like the saying "One man's junk is another man's gold"
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Dear friend David, I would not have described it better even if I wanted to.

This kia sephia has been almost a decade with us, and is about to reach the two decades of age; and I had the honor of rescuing it from the trash, because in the United States it had the salvage title certificate issued, and we bring it here to Honduras, giving it a second chance in life :thumbsup:

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No Centercaps anymore.

Since we moved from the Big city, to a small mountain town, on the Rural Honduras; our cars became hard working animals and tend to be dustier, dirtier than before... but they're doing great; thanks to God.

However, someone tried to steal the center caps from the 15" wheels on the "KiaStein" and damaged a little the lid on the side; so, I decided to remove all the four center caps and... Somehow I Love the Look of those ICW wheels without their center caps, I've only purchased sixteen brand new chromed nuts to make 'em look uniform, and Voilá, they look better without their center caps because with them, they looked more like hubcaps than wheels, and I dislike hubcaps.


Sorry for the low quality of my cheapo cellphone's camera photos.​



Despite that these ICW wheels are made in USA, their center caps are made in Taiwan.

I repaired and stored them, the wheels / car looks much better without them.

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I was wrong, sorry; my mistake...

After long time with the KiaStein running with the increased 15/16" bore master cylinder, my Wife told me that her car has a hard brake pedal that makes her tired from pumping it on traffic jams; so, I Decided to return to use a 7/8" bore master cylinder, but a Brand New one; in order to do different braking tests and feel if with the original size, the leg / foot effort for braking, reduces; but not the Braking force of the car.

And I must update here the Results, and also I admit that I was wrong.

I wish I should payed more attention back then, and followed good advice, such like this one:

Hi Jes,

Confirmed - don't change anything out, your current Master Cylinder should be within spec. for the rear calipers: you are not changing wheel size / the calipers are small, your current braking system should handle them without issue...
So, after removing the 15/16" master cylinder, placing in its place a brand new 7/8" master cylinder and swapping the piping that was modified, with another one from a donor car found on a local junk yard; everything (Except the Double Diaphragm brake Booster) went back to factory specs on the Master cylinder and pipings.
 

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And the results of the different braking Tests I did, proves that the car, Really has a much better braking behaviour with the 7/8" bore master cylinder, rather than with the increased sized one.

Also the Brake pedal feels much, much softer and lighter to use; plus the braking power increases, as you get increased clamping force at the calipers with a longer running pedal, due to the Leverage effect.

But pedal doesn't travel too deep as it did with the old (stock) 7/8" master cylinder, which leads me to think that the stock one was worn and about to fail, back then...

anyhow; the "KiaStein" performs very good, braking with the 7/8" bore master cylinder, and the "in-tandem" double diaphragm brake booster.
 

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So, please dismiss the idea of using an increased bore master cylinder, it works backwards; the bigger the Bore, the less pressure will have the brake fluid at the Calipers, because their chambers will be filled earlier and brake pedal gets tall and stiff; you will lose the advantage from the Leverage Effect, and thus means less braking Power.

The KiaStein performs great, with the original 7/8" size.

But the double Diaphragm brake Booster, is really Better than the single diaphragm one...

My wife is Happy now.
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About the FRONT Brakes.

The rear disc brakes continues performing awesomely, thanks to God; not having a single issue so far...

But the Rear disc brakes came off from a "Premium" second gen Kia Sephia (which is mechanically identical to the first gen Kia Spectra), which means that I have big 10.1" Discs in the Rear... and the smaller 9" Discs on the Front, which are the stock ones...

I read online that there were 10.1" front Discs for the Late (2001) second gen Kia Sephia (and the 2002 / 2004 Kia Spectra), known as the "Upgraded from Factory" front Brakes, available on Premium models...

So, my Natural desire was to obtain the Bigger 10.1" Upgraded front Disc brakes, to match the 10.1" rear Disc Brakes, to has the car on Balance, and remove the "unnatural" Small Front Discs / Big Rear Discs setup that I had on the "KiaStein" but, those upgraded front brakes are not easy to come by; I've searched for Years... (Literaly) ...and only came across of the standard 9" front discs; I wanted the "Upgraded" 10.1" Discs.

Until I found them, recently...
 

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The last Real Kia, came from its factory on march, 2004 and was a Kia Spectra with the 1.8L engine; then from April 2004 and on, all the Kias including the Spectra, are really rebadged Hyundais, with only differences on body / interior design; so the Newer Kia Spectras are really Hyundai Elantras with the 2.0L engines; (in the same way that the Kia Sorento / Hyundai Santa Fe are Brothers, the same goes to the Hyundai Tucson / Kia Sportage, also the Hyundai Sonata / Kia Optima, etc...), so, to find a first gen Kia Spectra with the "Upgraded from Factory" front disc Brakes in 10.1" fashion, was not easy; as almost all the "Newer" Spectras I came across on Junk Yards, were from the Hyundai plattform, and those are completely different animals with the Sephia, parts doesn't interchange at all.

But thanks to God, I found one 2004 Kia Spectra, built in late 2003 with the 1.8L engine (Known as the "Old Body Style" somehow), which had the Famous Upgraded 10.1" front Disc Brakes.
 

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Important information !!!

Also I must mention that to do this Retrofitting, I need:

► the Complete Hubs.
► the Rotors.
► the Calipers.
► the Disc Pads.
► along the Axles.

Because the "Upgraded from Factory" brakes, are completely different from the regular ones, the Axles on the upgraded ones are way much Beefier and also they are much thicker at the Hub's end, to the point that the axles from the Regular models doesn't touch the Splines inside the Hubs for the Upgraded brakes. However, the other end of the Axles (the tripod joint that fits at the transmission's cups) is Equal, even the shafts has the same measurements and Splines, as long as you use parts from a donor car that has the same transmission as yours.

This Means that I needed a donor car that has Automatic Transmission as the "KiaStein" is, otherwise the Axles will not fit...

Think about it, it was not easy to find the Perfect donor car here, in Honduras; but Miracles happens.
 

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Finally, Photos (hoping that Photobucket allows me to share 'em Here)

This is the Donor Car, well... the front clip from an automatic 2004 model Kia Spectra premium, built in late 2003; which somehow came from the USA to the Local Junk Yard with only 31,000 Miles on the odometer:




The rim on the floor doesn't belong to it; the front clip already was empty, I mean without engine nor transmission; no interior parts, etc... and the front hubs were still with their 10.1" front Discs, Calipers, and Axles!




This is how I purchased them after I took 'em off from the Front Clip.​
 

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The rotors had a superficial rust film, otherwise everything was immaculate; I cleansed everything and regreased all the ends of the Axles and Hubs; also changed the rubber boots that were torn and I was ready for the Upgraded Brakes' Retrofitting :thumbsup:
 

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I removed off the Old Hubs still with everything attached,

Notice their small size and the holes all around the base for the wheel...





...Then I installed the New Hubs along everything.

Notice their increased size and no holes around their base.



Also, the bolts on the Upgraded Brakes' Calipers, are way much thicker and can be held with regular Nº 14 wrenches, while the smaller calipers on the old hubs, required Nº 7 hexagonal wrenches... among other improvements.
 

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Also, I had to Obtain new Brake Pads, which have nearly twice the rubbing area than the old ones; this new ones has almost the same rubbing area than a 2012 Sorento's Pads, little less, which is Big for a little sedan...




Some months ago, I painted all the four calipers and brake parts on the "KiaStein" with high temp, red enamel; so, as the rear calipers were Red, I had to paint this new front ones in same Red, to match the rear ones...



Then, after Bleeding completely the system three times in a cross-pattern, with the Help of my Wife; I took the "KiaStein" for a Test-Ride to the Mountains' Roads.
 
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