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Just replaced my front brakes on my dads 04 ford focus and when i closed the valves after bleeding they still go straight to the floor

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  • dejackson25 May 28, 2009

    ok thxs ill go get some more brake fluid and do that. Didnt think i needed to bleed the back lol

  • dejackson25 May 30, 2009

    do i have to do one tire at a time or can i open both valves on the back and bleed them then tighten back up?

  • dejackson25 May 30, 2009

    ok thanks ill go do that and see if i can do it right hope me luck lol

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You need to bleed all 4 brakes start from the rear and work back also you can put the retainer on wrong, did you run the fluid out of the master cylinder? if so it will take quite a bit of bleeding to get them to pump up, also check the back brakes and make sure they are not worn out or put the emergency brake on so that the back cylinders are fully engaged and bleed the front, next time use a c-clamp to press the caliper back into the holder so you don't have this problem.

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  • Bruce Hathcock May 28, 2009

    We all have to learn I did it the first time without knowing so your gaining from my experience and that my Friend is what we are here for, let me know if it helps, also after bleeding if the brake light comes on you will have to drive the car at 5 miles per hour and slam on the brakes that will reset the valve that cuts off brake fluid going to the rear. By the way use Dot 3 or better brake fluid and don't let the container remain open as brake fluid will soak water out of the air and cause rust problems on brake parts.

  • Bruce Hathcock May 30, 2009

    do one valve at a time pump them till they have a solid stream of fluid coming out of the bleeder valve, if you did not fill first before installing it takes time to fill it up and get the air out of the line and all the way to the back to the cylinder so do the passenger side rear first then do the driver side rear next then go to passenger side front then driver side front as you do each one the pedal will get harder till all the air is out. be sure to have some one pump the pedal 5 times while all the bleeder valves are closed open one valve at a time and check fluid level for each wheel so the level does not go down enough in the master cylinder to get air in the line again.

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