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I fixed the converter and got new calibers

Initially my car brake just failed as i drove down a hill, with no warning. I was told it was the converter. I paid for that to be fixed and started running into new problems. My car would not pick up speed although my foot was all the way to the floor on the gas pedal. i was then told it was the calibers i then paid for the calibers to be fixed once i got the car back it started to smoke and get extremely hot. I then was told that it was not bled correctly. the person bled and bled and bled the car 3 times because each time it was given back to me the same thing occurred and seems to be getting worst. could you please help me

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  • cshull Jun 16, 2009

    I went to a mechanic who is out of work thinking i would be ok. i thank you for your help and i will try to see if this solves my problem since i have put around 250.00 of labor and part already into the car. I will try and give you a bigger picture of what has been happening. I was driving and with out warning my brakes failed my foot went all the way to the floor and i had no brakes at all. The mechanic took the car and told me i needed a new converter. He fixed the converter and gave me back my car. Once i drove the car the opposite happened i could not apply the brakes it felt like so solid i could not even push it down. The mechanic told me i needed to replace the calibers. He replaced the cailber and once i drove the car it would not pick up speed it felt like i was driving with the emergency brake on the tired would get extremely hot and my car would start smoking. He then told me it needed to be bled so he did over and over and i got the car back yesterday and it is worst then it has been. My car does not pick up speed and it gets extremely hot and smokes.

  • cshull Jun 16, 2009

    thank you very much!!!

  • cshull Jun 16, 2009

    YES IT IS FROM THE TIRES. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE ALL OF THIS HAS HAPPENED I ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I NOW HAVE A SENSE OF RELIEF. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  • cshull Jun 17, 2009

    I am sorry it was the master cylinder that was originally replaced not the converter. I know nothing about cars and at this point i am just over whelmed. There are allot of women who know about cars but i am not one of them. It seemes that fixing the hoses has solved the problem. Thanks again!!

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    honeymokey May 11, 2010

    Go see a real mechanic, not a parts replacer,

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Some of your narration seems to be backwards but the bottom line is you likelyhave one or both front brake hoses (rubber ones) between the chassis and the calipers and the body, that are internally collapsing and holding your front brakes in the applied position. There is no repair other than to replace the hoses.

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  • Richard Scordino Jun 16, 2009

    Your converter has nothing to do with your brakes. You could remove the converter and transmission and roll it down a hill and the brake would still work. Some "lock-up" converters can stay engaged making acceleration difficult but also will not prevent you from stopping.
    The original problem sounds like the master cylinder failed or, a brake line broke. Calipers can get stuck if they have internal rust, but once changed should function normally. Hard pedal can be from a defective power brake booster or, obstructed or leaking vacuum line to booster. The hoses I mentioned can also do this.
    If you are not doing this work yourself, I strongly suggest you find someone who is not so apparently clueless to work on it. I'd much rather see the vehicle not start than to have it not stop!


  • Richard Scordino Jun 16, 2009

    One thing I forgot to ask...Where is the smoke coming from? If from the wheels then I am right! Also, I'd appreciate a "rating" for my answer...This is free...that's all I get out of this!!!

  • Richard Scordino Jun 16, 2009

    Glad to help and thanks for the rating!!!

  • Richard Scordino Jun 17, 2009

    OK Ms. Wimmen, Now you know something about cars!!!
    Though your problem was vexing, my first encounter with this failure happened in a racemobile (700+ hp) Coming off the starting line the right caliper failed to release and the car made a hard right turn and nearly went through the fence!!! (great fun!!!)
    Good luck with it!!!


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Now the whole broken story comes out. It sound like the front brake hoses are the problem. I have seen gm trucks do this and the first thing they replace are the calipers. After this did not fix it they put new hoses on it and problem was solved. The converter part thew us for a curve.

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Could be you need a new mechanic as this one is replacing parts without any notion till they find problem choosing a mechanic is like picking a doctor not all are equal

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