Just drilled and tapped 1/8-27 NPT for a replacement brake-bleeder assy on
a old Honda brake cylinder. Housing is a sort-of gummy aluminium, insert
is plated brass. Should I use anything, anything particular between the
insert and the housing?
The insert is a really nice bit of kit, from Aircraft Spruce; 9 dollars,
That's most unusual for a brake application. Not that the threads
can't seal or anything like that, it's just not something you'd see
OEM. Since it will hold up against plenty of pressure above and beyond
what a brake system can put out, I have to imagine it's only cost
(that and there are only a few places where that type of a connection
would have any advantage in a brake system) that prevents its use.
Brake systems normally see 2K PSI - but you have to figure in shock
loads when you stab your foot on that pedal (or hand grip on a bike)
to initiate a panic stop.
It's just an educated guess on my part, but it wouldn't surprise me
at ALL to see momentary peak pressures exceeding 5K PSI during the
"water hammer" as the pads and shoes slam home on the rotors and
drums, and send the shock wave back to the master cylinder.
Which is why you change out rubber flexible wheel brake lines after
12 to 15 years just from service life - old hoses pop. Especialy when
you send forces like that through.
My first thought would not be a thread sealer per se, but check to
see if the High Strength (Red?) Loctite is compatible with brake
fluid. Because when you turn the bleeder screw you want the bleeder
to turn in the insert, and the insert to NOT turn in the caliper.
If the female NPT threads in the caliper body are cut properly,
they should dryseal without any aids. But perfection is a pain, so
the sealants are an insurance policy and disassembly aid.
--<< Bruce >>--
Not quite. Pipe threads have a tiny space between the root of one side
& the crest of the other. This leaves a helical path for leaks. That's
why pipe thread sealer is used. IIRC, there are special pipe threads
that do not have this space, but the OP said that he did the tapping, so
I doubt that these threads are special. No offense to the OP.
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