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I was showing my friend around the block in my '91 EGT (116,000 miles), and he asked how good my brakes were. So I sped up to around 40 MPH and put on the brakes very heavily. When I got down to about 3 MPH I felt the brakes give out. It felt somewhat similar to the brakes locking but when braking power didn't come back I got worried. I pulled over and opened the hood and noticed a half-full master cylinder. I checked under the car and noticed brake fluid all over the rear left side of the car. I had recently installed a new rear left caliper that was poorly greased, so the adjustment arm was not working properly. That, combined with the old brake lines, probably caused it.

I just hope that my caliper isn't ruined as well. Wish me luck, I'm taking my car to the mechanic for the second time since I bought it since I need it done right away and I have to work tomorrow. I'll let you all know how it went tomorrow night.
 

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Oh, I know I can too. I do all of my own car work sans the time right after I bought the car when the ignition switch died and ruined my starter. That set me back a good $500 and I haven't taken it to a mechanic since. The thing is, I need the car done today and I work from 8-5. I'm also at my Dad's house, where I have none of my tools, and I can't drive to my mom's house because it's 45 minutes away. It's a mess, I know.

If I had the time and equipment to do the brake lines myself I would be tempted to buy SS Brake lines, but I'm on a budget and I don't think the Escort is going to last that much longer on me.

This weekend I'm going to have some more projects to do: take a trip to the junkyard and pull a radiator fluid reservoir, then swap it back into my car. Then there's the radiator leak I have coming from the inlet to the water pump. Then there's the transmission fluid cooler line that I have to replace, as well as the tranny fluid. It's going to be a busy time :)
 

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Dang... that sucks. That just happened to my dad's dodge spirit (HOLLER) a week ago. He completely re-ran the brake lines to both of the back wheels. It's a pain in the ass because you have to buy a brake line flanger, and if you flange the line too much, the fitting won't wrap around it, and if you don't flange it enough, then it leaks.

I think it would be awesome if somebody had a cast-iron ...um, caster... and cast their own steering knuckles for the fronts that would accept dual calipers. Oh man... an EGT with dual front calipers would be so hella awesome. I'm tempted to see if I could hack up some junkyard knuckles and tig-weld some new caliper mounts on.
 

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Oh man... an EGT with dual front calipers would be so hella awesome. I'm tempted to see if I could hack up some junkyard knuckles and tig-weld some new caliper mounts on.
I would think that if you could get brakes from a Contour and make them work in an Escort (or use brakes from an older Escort like my old 1984GT) then you'd have really good brakes. I would not know ho to do this though.
 

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More unfortunate (well, sort of) news to report:

The lines are on, but the bleeder screw on my rear right caliper was completely seized! I went to the shop and we tried to blowtorch it out for an hour and a half, then we tried to drill and tap it out. Neither worked, so I looked for new Calipers. I'd already replaced my rear left caliper with a Carquest caliper and I was NOT satisfied at all, so I got a remanufactured one from NAPA instead. I must say that I was very impressed with the quick service, and for a remanufactured caliper it looked great! The bushings were perfect, it had all new accessories, and was just a much finer quality caliper than the Carquest one. It only cost me $60+ tax, too. I'm getting the car back tonight and taking a ride in it. I can't wait :D
 
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