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Can I drive my car to gas station and bacn for break fluid befor I bleed them or will it reck it ??!

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Providing your brakes work then no problem

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Soft breaks on fiesta finesse when i put foot on break it went to floor....then drove a bit more and it has hardened up a bit...have to drive car next couple of days for work and as its easter don't know...

Yes you should add some brake fluid now before you drive anymore. They might have to be bleed if you got air in the lines from lack of fluid.

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Changed brake pads and now I have no brake pressure

you may need to bleed your breaks so check your fluid and have a friend help you with this.. open or take off break fluid cap and top off with fluid leave cap off and start on the back passanger side break have someone pump the break a few times and then hold down on the break pedal while you open the bleeder valve when the break pedal reaches the floor hold there and retighten the bleeder valve and repeat untill no air only fluid comes out, then move to the driverside rear wheel and repeat,next is the front passanger side wheel then finaly front driverside wheel. check fluid in master cylender after every 2 trys on each wheel to make sure pleanty of fluid is in resourvior so your not putting air in the lines.. you should see a video on this to make sure you understad it fully before attempting yourself, go to youtube videos and watch a video on how to bleed breaks almost all break systems are the same. i hope this helps.

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The brakelights show on the dashboard of my 2002 hyundai accent...what does it mean?

Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
If your seeing the brake symbol it is usually telling you that the break fluid in the reservoir is low. Check the break fluid level. If it is low fill it with DOT3 or DOT4 Brake Fluid to the high mark. Do not over fill it. Only up to the high / full level. If you do NOT service the reservoir soon you will start introducing air into your brake system and will have to bleed the entire system. You can purchase brake fluid at any automotive parts supply and most of the full gas stations.
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Feb 16, 2011 | 2002 Hyundai Accent

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How do you bleed the brakes

Hi my name is Tom and I can help you.

The bleeding of brake lines is a simple, but quite essential aspects anytime you break into the brakes.
You do not say the level of automotive experience you have acquired, therefore, I will assume you are a novice and excuse the step by step nature if you are not.

Let us assume you have just replaced the brake line to your left(drivers side) wheel cylinder. ( Note: Let us for the sake of this situation say that your 4 year old was playing DADDY and pumped the brake pedal and you now have air in you brake line).

You will need about a quart of brake fluid. You can purchase this at anywhere from a gas station to Walmart. Put the fluid in the can to fill the coffee can 1/2 way up. This will give you enough weight to put the line in and bleed the line yourself.

Bleeding the line is done by pumping the brake pedal and "feeling the resistance" the air moving through the lines verses the liquid brake fluid. Liquid is harder to move than air so you can "feel" when liquid only is coming through. NOTE: Make sure your master cylinder is full of fluid before each bleed.

You can bleed the line as much as you want by transferring the fluid from the coffee can to the master cylinder as you bleed the line. Before doing this transfer be absolutely sure the fluid coming out of the lines is clean.

I prefer to throw the fluid away. A small expense for brake safety.

You have bled the brakes. I take the added step of having someone gently push the brake pedal and watch the fluid in the master cylinder circulate the fluid and hopefully and air out of your system. Be careful if pumped too hard the fluid will shoot out of the master.

Check the brakes with the master cylinder cover on and finally road test and you are good to go. This seems complicated, but once you do it, you can become a pro in no time.

I trust the is detailed enough for you to proceed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me for more detail.

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Jul 02, 2010 | 1995 Pontiac Bonneville

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Just changed rotors and front brake pads. Pumped pressure back with break pedal. After you start vehicle all break pressure is lost- no breaks. Whats going on?

You are either low on brake fluid or you have a vacum problem. It is a long shot but possible the Master Cylinder is having an issue or an air bubble in the system. Start the vehicle and make sure it is blocked. With the engine running perform system bleeds on all four calipers. Pump 3 times then release bleed valve. You are going to need a couple bottles of brake fluid to bleed all these calipers and get the air out of the lines. You should make sure the primary vacum is connected to the master cylinder and that there are no leaks on any lines before you start the bleeding process.

Jun 24, 2010 | 1999 Toyota 4Runner

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Bleeding the breaks

Get a short piece of hose and attach it to the bleed valve. Put the free end in a jar that has some fluid in it and put the free end of the hose into the fluid. Put the container lower than the item you are bleeding. Open the valve and work the pedal gently a few times, then wait...gravity will finish for you. Close valve and go to the next wheel.Get the bleeders free and clear them of debris before putting the hose on (hose should fit well, can't be loose or it won't work.) Monitor the master cylinder so it does not run low and leave the cap off while doing this. I use clear plastic hose so I can see the air as it comes out but you can use black hose and just watch the end for bubbles.

Aug 13, 2009 | 1995 Toyota 4Runner

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I repaired the break lines now i need to bleed them

Bleeding brakes is two person operation. Check to see where bleeder valve is on calipers, usually on back side. Should be 3/8". They are hopefully covered with rubber boots or caps. If not then I would spray them with breakaway to assist in loosening. These are easily snapped off if they are frozen so be careful. Person in car, ENGINE OFF, pumps brake pedal until it becomes hard and holds it there. Person bleeding brakes turns bleeder valve to open just a crack, at first air will escape and some fluid. Person pressing pedal down will tell you pedal is down all the way. At this point tighten bleeder valve. Now repeat operation until you have fluid only coming from bleeder valve. Be careful as the fluid will shoot out of bleeder and hit you right in the face, safety glasses are recommended. Be sure to top off brake fluid reservoir before, during and after this operation. Test drive short distance to see if all air is evacuated from system, you'll know if there is air still in system if you have a soft pedal, if so repeat once more.

Jun 22, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

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Changed break line but still have no pressure in breaks

to do a complete job. you need to bleed all 4 wheels, starting from Right Rear. Right front. Left Rear. Left Front.

Apr 07, 2009 | 1995 Chevrolet Silverado 2500

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I HAVE A 1998 dodge ram 318 1500 two wheel drive the abs and brake light come on but it brakes fine when the brake light and abs light go out i have to really push the pedal down to stop the petal feels...

you need to check the break fluid level now
i do think it is too late tho
what it sounds like is air in your break system
you need to bleed the breaks not doing so can damage the break booster
you need to add fluid to the booster now as it will help and may not need bleeding
if you keep driving the way it is you may loose your breaks all together which is a danger to you and others
you need to have this attended asap it is not a hard job or expensive job
when you put fluid in the car pump the breaks every time you need to or they get soft this forces the fluid through the pips altho the air may have no where to escape which is why we bleed them to let the air out
hope this helps

Dec 27, 2008 | 1987 Dodge Pickup 2WD

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Bleeding brakes

Simple way - takes 2 people. Get a small jar, and fill it part way with some brake fluid. Then use a short length of hose (one that fits snugly over the bleed screw), and keep one end in the brake fluid. With the engine off, loosen the bleed screw, and have the brake pedal slowly depressed. Close the bleed screw BEFORE releasing the brake pedal, and repeat until no air bubbles come out the hose. Top up the brake reserve with fluid.

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