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1997 Ford F-350 7.3 L Diesel..........brake failure

My brakes were fine and suddenly when I attempted to stop, the pedal went all the way to the floor with no brakes. I tried to pump them and got a little brake but no where near enought to stop. Afterwards I noticed a warning light on the dash.......something regarding brake failure''.

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  • lawmann6 Nov 19, 2008

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    There are no brake fluid leaks. I was told by a friend that it most likely will turn out to be a vacuum pump. What is your opinion on this?

  • Charles Howard
    Charles Howard Nov 23, 2017

    Check for ford recall on your master cylinder...

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With no leaks and a little braking action returning by pumping the pedal I would suggest looking into a master cylinder. Low brake fluid level in the master cylinder will cause the brake warning light to illuminate (possibly, also the ABS light).

If the truck has the 7.3L diesel, it will have a vacuum pump which supplies vacuum for all vacuum accessories. I believe if the vacuum level drops below 10 in. of Hg, the brake light will illuminate. If the vacuum pump fails you'll know it as the brake pedal will require quite a bit of effort to effect any braking effort.

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I have the same problem with my 97 ford f350. I have replaced the vacuum pump the booster the master cylinder. Calipers drums pads are all fine. No leaks in the brake line if you have any suggestions on where to go from here please let me know

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Check for leaks near the backs of the wheels and underneath the car. Also check the master brake cylinder for fluid.

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  • lesterallen Nov 19, 2008

    That is a very good possibility. Need vacuum for power brakes.

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Changed fuel filter but warning light will not turn off

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