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Master Cylinder question

I have an '89 Prelude S which is a non-ALB car. My master cylinder is pretty bad, so I went to the scrapyard where there's a 90-91 Prelude with a new master cylinder, only it says ALB on the side. Will this work on my non-ALB car? I'm not looking to have working ALB, just need a good master cylinder and the price was right ($5 cause the guy knows me)
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Re: Master Cylinder question

ABS/ALB are different. Regardless, I would never install a used part that you do not know in something as important as your brakes.

That being said, have you given thought to rebuilding the one you have? Unless there is corrosion in the actual cylinder walls, a rebuild can get you back for little money. You can get a rebuild kit for under $25. It's not that hard, I have done these myself and I'm one of those girls who is very careful not to mess up her nails LOL

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1989 Honda Prelude Brake Master Cylinder Repair Kit - Dorman - TheAutoPartsShop - TheAutoPartsShop
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ABS/ALB are different. Regardless, I would never install a used part that you do not know in something as important as your brakes.

That being said, have you given thought to rebuilding the one you have? Unless there is corrosion in the actual cylinder walls, a rebuild can get you back for little money. You can get a rebuild kit for under $25. It's not that hard, I have done these myself and I'm one of those girls who is very careful not to mess up her nails LOL

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1989 Honda Prelude Brake Master Cylinder Repair Kit - Dorman - TheAutoPartsShop - TheAutoPartsShop
I think I may just change them first and see how this one reacts, the master cylinder off the parts car looks brand new, still clean, and I know the car was takin off the road due to an engine problem lass than 2 months ago, so I'm pretty confident in the part. I'd like to get away with spending as lil as possible.

If this ALB master cylinder was brand new off the shelf, would it work?
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Re: Master Cylinder question

I am not familiar with your car in particular but from working on many cars, ALB/ABS cylinders usually have differences. It's your call but I would say that $25 for your peace of mind and safety is very little to pay.
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Re: Master Cylinder question

If My memory serves me correct, the ALB stands for anti lock brakes. now If you have an S, that's a carburated prelude, not fuel injection. I would not risk the swap simply because The engines are completely different. The person to wait for is LUZER, he has both examples of the 3rd gen. Also there are Electronics involved in the ALB unit that would not necessarily need to be hooked up, but might cause the unit to malfunction down the road.
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Re: Master Cylinder question

This master cylinder looks identical, same hookups and everything, only difference to my eye is where it's stamped ALB
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Re: Master Cylinder question

I do have both an Si and an S, but I don't have nor have I owned an ALB lude. I've read that the MC is different between the two, but I don't have any experience with that. Wish I could help you out more. But, if the hydraulic connections are the same I don't see why it wouldn't work for you. Does your junkyard offer any kind of return policy? If so, go ahead and buy it and try it. The worst that can happen is that you return it.

And for the record, I don't have any problem using a used MC. Just use your judgement and don't grab it if it looks gnarly. If it looks clean go ahead and grab it. In fact, I have a used MC and alternator on my Si that came from a junkyard car. When I opened the hood on the car the engine bay was pretty dirty, but the brake MC and the alternator both looked brand new so I grabbed them. Both have been working great for over 6 months now.
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Re: Master Cylinder question

Awesome luzer, best (non-judgmental) help so far on any of the sites that I've asked (not pointing fingers at anyone on here lol ) I aim to do everything I can to keep cost down on this car, all the work has been done by myself, and mostly all have been used parts, can't afford to put expensive new parts into a 23 year old car, have had good luck so far. This part looks practically new, and only cost me $5, so I'll give 'er a try
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Re: Master Cylinder question

Listen, you don't want ghetto brakes, as in the 1 thing that you don't want to fail you.

If your car breaks because of a ghetto igniter, fine, who cares. But if your brakes fail, your fck'd.
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Re: Master Cylinder question

Using a master cylinder from a salvage yard isn't necessarily considered ghetto. Like I said earlier, you need to use your judgement. If the car you are pulling it off of has 250k miles and the MC is covered in dirt and oil I would leave it be. But if it's the only clean part in an otherwise nasty engine bay it might be worth trying.
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Excellent that those match up, and honestly, I'll take factory junkyard over Cardone any day. They all claim the parts are "remanufactured" and "inspected" until I popped a box open looking for an alternator, got a return core, gave it the benefit of doubt, nothing. Not saying they get ship out junk all the time, but if I can snag a part the same day instead of waiting, done.

To be on the safe side though, take the prelude somewhere secluded and free of obstacles and give it some paces to see the MC doesn't fail.
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