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Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor!

The pedal was going to thfloor so I checked the fluid and it was almost empty. So I filled it up and now the brakes go in and out (works and then don't work) Do I need to bleed the brakes for it to work properly and can I do it myself, I heard that the brakes are pressurized and may needo take it to a shop?

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I have changed brake pads before and did not lose any fluid but air can get in the lines. Brake fluid is not compressible while air is, so if you get air in your lines it compresses when you hit the pedal there fore the pedal goes down to floor and your brakes dont grab that good. You can either bleed the brakes your self by starting at the wheel furthest away from the brake fluid reservoir and unscrewing bleeder hose and letting the fluid just bleed out. (get something to catch it and dispose of it properly). Make sure you keep the reservoir under your hood full of brake fluid while letting the other stuff by tires bleed out. Work your way from the furthest tire first and the closest one to the reservoir last. GOODLUCK!

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What you have is a leak in the brake system somewhere. it may be a brake line seeping, where you will see something dripping usualy somewhere on the frame where the lines run. Or you may have a bad wheel cyllender in the rear, so look at the back of the drums on the backing plate, and the inside of your rear tires. If it looks like it's all wet, and there is a splatter pattern on the inside sidewall of the tires, it's a wheel cyllender. Also check the front calipers for leakage. After you find out what is leaking, then you will need to replace it, and bleed out the brake system.
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If brake fluid was low. Then you have a leak. This is a dangerous concern. Remove all the wheels, inspect front brake calipers, adn rear wheel cylinders, all rubber brake lines, and fittings.

Once the leak is corrected the complete system must be bled.

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Replace the front & rear brake pads
no pressure until u step on brake
check it for ant leake and repaair as needed
if the system is not opened it dont need to be bleed

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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