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04 Focus SVT- All brakes will bleed out except the right rear..??

Recently installing new rotors/pads. Everything done correctly using caliper piston tool and bleeding method of RR-LR-RF-LF. All brakes lines check out fine, no leaks, no kinks/bends. Just cannot get any pressure or fluid to flow out on the right rear to bleed. It will drip out very slowly and nothing into the bleeder hose. 48k on car w/disc brakes/ABS/Traction Control

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Have somone help you as you bleed the brakes. Have them pump the pedal 3 times and hold the pedal down with constant pressure while you crack the bleed valve open to the problem caliper. Don't let them release the pedal until you have closed the bleeder valve. Continue this process until you have fluid coming out without air. Periodacillay check the master cylinder to be sure it remains full enough so as not to allow more air in because the resivouir ran to low during the bleeding process. If when you are done and the brake light continues to be on then you will need to bleed the proportioning valve until the system balances out on line pressure.
If this works can you please give me a rating??? Thank you.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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    Dug Heckenkamp Jan 26, 2015

    I have the same problem with a 2002 Dodge stratus, both rear lines wont bleed. Even with both valves open the peddle is solid and you can't push any fluid out and the peddle won't go to the floor. I'm thinking the proportioning valve is bad?

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