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having brake problems Please help

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by Berek, Feb 10, 2008.

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    Berek New Member

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    Hey guys been awhile since i've been here but having a seriouse problem.I replaced the wheel cyls,rubber brake lines,some steel brake line and the master cyl.I'm hopinmg that I just did something stupid.I have bleed the system several times and to the point there is no air and clean fluid.I did not bleed the master but figured that with the amount of fluid I was pushing through there I would not need to.I'm going to go out there in a minute and try to bleed the master.it's so friggin spongy.But I'm not realy sure how to bleed the master as I never have seen one like that with 4 lines attached to it.Can any one help?
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    just rebled the master and system. a lil better not like it should be.No abs and wont skid
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    Back it up and stab at the brakes a few times, this will adjust your rear drums. Another thought is on how you bled them. Did you have someone help? If you don't close the bleeder before you release the brake pedal you allow air back into the system. And be sure your vacuum booster hose is not clogged or on backwards.
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    Where did you get the parts and what brands did you buy? Rebuilt master cylinders are crap and shuld be avoided.
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    Ok here's how I did it.I went back and had them replace the new Master today.Bled the master by sumerging the bottom and had fabricated two steel lines to go from the top in to the bowl.Yes the lines were tight.I pushed in the plunger till i got clear fluid.
    Next.I always bleed brakes by myself.Mason jar filled halfway with hose into it.I lay down beside the car and put my foot in while watching the jar.I bleed them till I see no bubles and after that fill the rest of the jar by pumping the peddle slo.Then tighten bleeder and go to the next.I've been doing it that way for years because I never have help.I followed the crisscross pattern.Left rr rt front so on.Mabe I'm doing it wrong but it worked fine on the scort wagon i had before this one.I'm going to try to bleed the master tommorrow while its on the car,I'm going to scream soon.
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    I'm not having major brake problems like some of you are. Mine are just the normal problems which is squeaking because i use them to much. I have been needing for my cousin to fix it because he has done recent work on my ford escort for me. But i haven't taken my car to him yet. So i am driving with bad squeaky brakes.
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    Bleeding

    Using the solo mason jar method you can still have air in the lines because you only get one stroke of the pedal to purge air. As the pedal comes back up any air still in the line will get sucked back up.

    You need to depress the pedal, close the bleeder and then retract the pedal, then open the bleeder, depress the pedal etc until no bubbles come out so you really need a helper.
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    A hand vacuum pump works if you don't have an assistant. Harbor Freight carries one with a resivior, tubing and everything

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