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Problem with bleeding brakes for freestar

Our 2004 ford freestar's brakes went spongy. Husband checked all the lines and no leaks. Replaced the master cylinder and is having trouble bleeding the calipers. Need help. Thanks.

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  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    Yes, he bled the master cylinder.

  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    no, there is no brake warning light on.

  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    Our 2004 ford freestar's brakes went spongy. Checked all the lines and no leaks. Replaced the master cylinder and is having trouble bleeding the calipers. Need help. Thanks.

    No brake warning light ,fluid levels are up. The abs module does not have a bleeder nipple, and does not need a scan tool to cycle it to bleed out any air in the unit. Contacted ford was told would be able to bleed the lines an normal.

    have hooked up a hand held vacuum bleeder, just not sucking fluid...unless there is that much air in there..?

    Any thoughts Thanks

  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    no factory manual. checked at car parts section at canadian tire. not available. so, i'm manually bleeding the breaks and it seems to be going alright. i'll let you know how it turns out.

  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    no factory manual. checked at car parts section at canadian tire. not available. so, i'm manually bleeding the breaks and it seems to be going alright. i'll let you know how it turns out.

  • libb41 Feb 23, 2009

    Finished bleeding the brakes manually. Can't use a vacumn bleeder cuz ABS module cellunoid stops the flow. Nice to have another person to help. Success!

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    just read the shop manual. no special bleed procedure.

    Need to know why the pedal was spongy to begin with. If not low on fluid, then no air should be in system.

    Did you notice a definite differnece in pedal feel at some point in time?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u have a factory service manual? if not try and buy a used one, but u need a manual.

  • ccn7 May 11, 2010

    Did he bench bleed master cyl. before it was put on.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u have any kind of brake warning light on>



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SOURCE: Spongy brakes after bleeding them 2 times. Should I try to bleed the master cylinder or replace it?

Honestly your guess is as good as mine. But I don't think the master cylinder is NOT bad you still have air in the system. Get a big bottle of brake fluid bleed all four sides until you run out of fluid or your brakes work properly. You should divide the bottle's content in four, then use each quantity in each side. You'll be removing air and contaminated fluid from the system. Get a small hose that fits on the bleeders and an appropriate container. I have a good feeling if you do this your brakes will work just fine. I don't know how you are bleeding the brakes. I'll let you know the proper way just in case. This is a two man job, with the wheel off, have someone start the car. Have them pump the brakes a few times to get pressure. 1With the brake pedal UP open the bleeder, 2then have your assistant press the brake pedal all the way down and leave it completely pressed down. 3Close the bleeder valve, once close and only with the valve closed have'm release the brake. Repeat as necessary, bake depressed, open valve first then press brake. DO NOT depress until valve completly closed. Close valve THEN depress. Good Luck!

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Adjust your rear brake shoes. Then rebleed the system. Start at the master cylinder Bleed master first then the wheel furthest away from the master (right rear then left rear then right front then left front. Do that and your pedal should be good.

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Flexible brake lines are probably balooning out causing pressure not to build up, replace flexible to the calipers.

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SOURCE: Spongy brake pedal even after ABS bleed and base brake bleed.

Did you adjust the rear shoes out? If the rear drum brakes are out of adjustment they will give you a lot of pedal travel. If the pads are worn have no fear of that U-CLIP brake spring, just change one shoe at a time. Take the spring off one side, change the shoe, put the spring back on the post and do the same to the other shoe, no problem.

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