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1998 Durango, replaced brake line that was rusted in two, (was long line under drivers side to rear) bled all four brakes, abs and brake light are now on and will not go off. Have read it could be rear sensor, but what are the odds the sensor suddenly goes out after replacing the brake lines? Any ideas on how to fix the problem or what it could be? Afraid to drive it to a repair shop if the brakes aren't good.

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  • nikkilynne39 Nov 20, 2009

    Well it certainly sounds right to me. After I posted about this, hubby and I went out and took the truck out and did the whole stop on a dime test thing, and the brakes are fine, but what really bothered me and was weird, the speedometer didn't work and it worked fine before the brake line ruptured. Well, when I took the truck down the road to test the brakes, when I was turning around to come back home, the truck died, which was odd, but it immediately started back and when it did the speedometer worked again and both brake lights (abs & red brake light) were out on the dash, I came on home, and sat in the yard and let the turck idle for about 15 minutes, smooth as can be, no misses, no stuttering, nothing. I was panicking thinking the rear speed sensor went out, since the speedometer wasn't working, but who knows! Guess you can tell for a woman, I have had some experience with truck problems! Three years ago, cam shaft position sensor went bad on my jeep, UGH what a mess getting to that little bugger. So anyway, you think somehow when the truck died it reset things, or what the heck happened?

  • nikkilynne39 Nov 20, 2009

    Nope, cables were tight, checked them myself. My first thought when it died brought me back to the days of my old jeep and the camshaft sensor, the jeep would die in traffic, on slowing down, pulling out etc, and wouldn't restart until it cooled down again, but the Durango died while I was turning around, well more like a quick u-turn, no warning, just no power, I put it in park, turned the key over and it started right back up, no hesitation, but then the abs and regular brake light didn't come back on, and the speedometer worked again, so now you see my concern and confusion. Why would it die in the first place, and when it did, why did the abs and regular brake light go off and stay off and the speedometer work again?


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Dear Brake Line....
I read your paragraph and if this brake light was never on previously to the brake line repair....then all it sounds like to me is that you have air enclosed in the braking system still. I would strongly advise that you bleed the braking system again....also bleed the master cylinder if you replaced a line of the master cylinder make this easier on you your local auto parts store makes what they call one man bleeders that you can buy then install to bleed the system then remove and replace with regular brake bleeders.....just do a quick double check also to make sure that the line you replaced doesn't have any brake fluid leaking out also...any questions get back to me.....HOPE I COULD HELP!!!!

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    Jason Lewis Nov 20, 2009

    Highly unlikely that a mechanical problem had corrected itself.....but it is possible, normally when a component fails it doesn't fix itself or instantly get new by itself.If for some reason the durango had failed to keep running by itself and it did die and then lose power for a brief few seconds due to a loose terminal cable then yes it's possible that you could have had a self reset concern.Get back to me...THX!!

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    Jason Lewis Nov 20, 2009

    Sure sounds like this durango is going to have to have a breakout box diagnosis performed on her if this happens again.This is a flow chart that monitors all systems...ecu, fuel, powertrain, etc, and it records down in the computer hich component has failed first if not only that causes this problem.....unfortunately this breakout box is a fairly expensive unit and is left for the technician that performs these repairs allday. I would not suggest purchasing one unless you are going to be repairing the same vehicle type for years and years to come. I ould drive the vehicle down to a mopar dealer and have them run the box on it if it does decide to happen again, have them tell you what has failed, then install it yourself and save quite a penny on it.....


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