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Bleeding the brakes

My car was low on brake fluid and the light went on and the brakes would not work so I added brake fluid and they seem to be working now but the pedal still goes a little too far down do i need to bleed the brakes the do stop the car but i'm concerned

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Some vehicles have an odd way of bleeding them. My Chysler is one of them. Typically, you start from the wheel furthest from the master cylinder and complete one axle at a time, ending with the front wheel closest the master cylinder. On vehicles where the brake line is a tandem design, this is not the procedure. The brakes are bled diagonally beginning with the rear wheel closest the master cylinder and going diagonally to the front wheel, and then to the other rear wheel and then diagonally to the final front wheel, closest the master cylinder. Failure to follow the correct bleed protocol may leave some air in the lines, leading to a spongey pedal., depending on what type of brake line routing your vehicle has. Check your brake lines for leaks.

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Think master cylinder is going out, had no breaks added fluid and pumped breaks seemed fine when to drive and went out . How can I be sure.


their are two brake lights one for e-brake on and the other is main brake system to alert you to low fluid in master cylinder --you have a leak somewhere look under vehicle for fluid by tires on ground even if you put fluid in master you still wont have brakes do to air in lines and until leak repair

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I lost all brake pedal pressure on my 2003 Chevy Express Van.


You never pump brakes-- for any reason

Certainly not when bleeding them,makes no sense
& does nothing

Check all brake tubing for leaks

Check reservoir for fluid being low
Never remove the cap unless your adding
to bleed brakes,as you let air in

Brakes have to be bleed every 2 years, to remove
moisture,adjust PH,remove copper,etc

Check for fluid leaking behind the master
Would be running down in front of the booster

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Check all four corners for a caliper or wheel cylinder leak

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well, check the brake lines for leakage after adding brake fluid to the full mark. If the brake pedal goes all the way to the floor, it's likely there is a leak somewhere after the master cylinder. If the pedal gets hard after adding fluid, and pumping it several times with the car off, then the master cylinder is still ok.

If air has gotten into the master cylinder, it may have to be bled out on a bench, or using a scanner if that's the way your vehicle is.

Bleeding the Brake System (ABS) Auto Bleed Procedure NOTE: Perform a manual bleeding procedure. If the brake pedal height and firmness results are not achieved, perform the auto bleed procedure below.
NOTE: Perform this procedure when replacing the brake pressure modulator valve or electro-hydraulic control unit.
  1. Perform the manual brake bleeding procedure. Refer to Bleeding the Brake System (non-ABS).
  2. Check the master cylinder fluid level often to prevent running the system dry.
  3. Press the brake pedal firmly and run the Scan Tool Automated Bleed Procedure (for Gas engines) once, or the Function Test (for Diesel engines) four times. Make sure to release the brake pedal between each test.
  4. Perform the manual bleed procedure again. This should remove the remaining air from the brake system.
  5. Bleed the system as many times as needed to obtain the appropriate feel of the brake pedal.

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U forgot to bleed the BRAKE MASTER! When ur bleeding the brakes, make sure ur engine is RUNNiNG. I f u haven't got any BLEEDiNG tools that sucks all the fluid in ur car, try Bleeding first the master, 2nd will be the front wheel brakes, and the REAR brakes! If everything FAiLS go to ur nearest garage and have them fix it! Drive slowly, using ur engine and hand brake! Hope that helps u out!

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Check your brake fluid level, the low brake light reset it self when the fluid is at the right level.
If that did not help, inspect the wire leads to the sensor on the brake reservoir or replace the sensor if level is proper.
Thank you for using fixya and be safe.

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You need to make sure you have an assistant. The assistant keep adding fluid and pumping the brakes while you operate the bleeder screws.

The procedure--LF,RF,LR,RR (left front, right front,etc). You are moving from the shortest brake line closest to the master cylinder to the longest brake line furthest from the master cylinder. Use an aquarium air hose (12 inch length), and a clear jar to catch the brake fluid. When no more bubbles escape through the hose, the caliper or cylinder is properly bled.

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