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The brake pedal went soft to the floor on my 1994 ford ranger

...the brake pedal went soft to the floor in a matter of a couple of hours. The rotors have been turned according to the receipts 3 times, and there is next to no surface left on the drivers side. I replaced the pads, theyy were worn completely down to the backing material. When I tried to drive it with the new pads, the pedal still went to the floor, and grabbed enough to barely hold the truck at a stop, but were still soft to the floor. There is a good junk yard nearby, am I safe to purchase used rotors for replacing these paper thin ones and will that most likely fix the problem? Are there any issues I should be aware of in removing the rotors?

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  • Bernie Goncalves May 11, 2010

    your rotors come out easy enough but it sounds like you are loosing brake fluid some where look behind every wheel for wetness. repair or replace the cause.before driving.

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yep this is a two man job, onece you get air in the lines is better to do all four, my has abs and i was able to do it, but next time don't take anylines lose just turn the piston clockwise and you should be able to push it in.

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hi its rare the pads stick to the rotor but obviously this one was welded metal to metal so if the other sides not down to the metal you won,t have the same problem now getting the piston back into the caliper if you don,t have the tool its going to be fiddling but you need to get some pressure on the piston as to shove it back in not to much as you have stated it has to be screwed back in once a pressure has been applied [could try using you c-clamp ] then the slots in the piston insert something that will turn the piston it will locate and start to screw back your going to need pateince as it is fiddling with the correct tool you may need a few attemps but the other side should not be as bad as the piston has not gone past the point of return take your time and check for leaks when you have them all assembled yates210456

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Did you check the rotors to see if they were cracked or 'thin' ? Rotors sometimes get really thin with use.And they can crack. Or as in one case that I know of there was sand between the rotor and the pads. The pads were also new. Removed the gravelly sand and they worked fine.

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Perfect well at this point i would say that tha abs valve is bypassing fluid. If you can un hook the line that comes into the abs valve and plug it and try and bleed the system where you cap the line going into the abs valve. If you get a good pedal after pluging the line going into the abs valve this tells me that the abs valve is bypassing fluid give it a try i have ran into this a few time and the abs valve has been bad. Also can you rate this sluton also i do hits on my own free time thanks good luck

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May help if you raise engine a little. But the other freeze plugs are most likley in same shape.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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