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I replaced the master cylinder in my 1993 Buick LeSabre. As one drives and depresses the brake pedal the brakes engage and will not release. For some reason the fluid does not seem to be getting back into the master cylinder even though the brake pedal is released. The car's brakes were on so hard I could not drive it. By opening the brake lines at the mater cylinder and releasing some brake fluid the brakes de-energized and I could then drive the car. Any Thoughts? Thanks Joe

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  • zebarth Nov 12, 2009

    Yes the car has ABS but the ABS has been disconnected for over 3 months now. The existing master cylinder had bad seals and had to be pumped to get it to hold pressure. It was only after I replaced the master cylinder that I got this problem.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u have ABS?



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You have a 16 year old car and I would bet the brake fluid has never been changed. First thing to do is replace all the brake fluid in the system and bleed the brakes. Start at the RR then LR >> RF and end at the LF. The contaminated brake fluid may be causing the calibers to stick. You may end up having to replace the calibers. It is also possible you have a brake hose that is collapsing. If so the brake hoses will need to be replaced. It can also be the brake booster causing this but that is rare. Possible but rare.

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