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PostSubject: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:36 am

THE DAY THE STORM happened i was coming a down a hill i pressed the brakes and it went almost to the floor . i checked the the brake fluid and it was fine. So the next day it happened again and i checked aagain . i Mustve left the cap off and the fluid was low ,so i filled it.

Still goes to the floor . Does it need to bled?
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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:58 am

Good starting point to find out whats really wrong.
Brakes dont go to the floor for no reason.
If you hadnt done any work theres a problem.
Did the idiot light come on (prop valve off center)?
Dont screw around, take it to a mechanic.
Good tires & brakes are the only thing between you & disaster

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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:04 am

Yes the idiot brake light came on..im not driving the car anymore its off the road in the driveway...
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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:19 am

99% chance if the idiot light is on you lost a brakeline.
If the inside of the wheel is wet the caliper may be shot.
Neither one of these is a big deal, just a PIA
Glad it didnt put you in a bad spot.
Did you use the old....
"Honey.....I NEED a new car, the brakes are gone on this one & I dont want to die" line?

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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:30 pm

It's got a leak at the frame rail under the driver's seat. I can almost see it from here.
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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:07 pm

boojum wrote:
It's got a leak at the frame rail under the driver's seat. I can almost see it from here.

If its the back. For some reason I was thinking front.
When my rear went it was behind the fuel filter
Find out which reservior goes dry & that'll confirm it

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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:50 am

the front reservoir was empty when i checked it.
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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:01 am

boojum wrote:
It's got a leak at the frame rail under the driver's seat. I can almost see it from here.

BoSStonsSS wrote:
the front reservoir was empty when i checked it.

Jims right then.
Rear line goes down the drivers frame rail, curves past the LCA & lands on the rubber line on top of the differential. You should see the wet spot if you look for it

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PostSubject: Re: BRAKES!   Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:39 am

sdstick wrote:
boojum wrote:
It's got a leak at the frame rail under the driver's seat. I can almost see it from here.

BoSStonsSS wrote:
the front reservoir was empty when i checked it.

Jims right then.
Rear line goes down the drivers frame rail, curves past the LCA & lands on the rubber line on top of the differential. You should see the wet spot if you look for it

Something about flour and a wet spot?


In all seriousness, my last brake line break was at the fuel pump on the driver side just under the driver rear door.

Good luck man!

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