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Brake pedal will slowly go to the floor sometimes, but not always, when it does, you lose braking power unless you let up & pump the brake

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Sounds like u might need a new master cylinder for your brakes

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Our ABS light stays on constantly .Lose brake pedal occasionly. Replaced brake pads, caliphers, rotors. Still have ABS light on and lose brake partically.


If you have brake fade that is if you hold the brake pedal down and it slowly goes down to the floor you probably need a master cylinder

Mar 15, 2016 | 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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Brake pedal goes to floor after fixing leak in line and bleeding brakes


neither is bad. The proportioning valve is kicked and they can sometimes be a bear to re center. Here's the best way I've had success doing that. Before you try opening up any more bleeder screws you, 1)top off the brake fluid reservoir, 2) slowly pump the brake pedal, not all the way to the floor and without the engine running but with the key on, about 20 to 30 times. After you do that you very quickly hit the brake pedal very hard but not all the way to the floor. The repeated slow pumping of the pedal will very slowly put pressure into the line, even if it's air it will compress a little at a time and when you jab the pedal that one time at the end it will re-center the valve. Now here's the key. If the brake light is on it should shut off when that valve centers itself. That's when you must bleed the air out but whoever you have helping you tell them not to push the pedal all the way to the floor again or the valve will pop again. Open the bleeder to the caliper that had the blown line and then have them push slowly down on the pedal only half way to the floor and then stop pushing and hold position til you tighten the bleed screw. After you close the bleeder screw they can let up and do it again. If he pushes it to the floor and you hear a click that means the valve kicked again and you need to start over. Time consuming, yes but it works. I hope this makes sense. Sometimes it's hard to relay what I do to words on paper,.
Dale

Feb 23, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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When at a stop the brake will slowly start to cave in


Could be air,starts leak,master cylinder.

Feb 12, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Brakes go to the floor after I start my truck.


Check for either a bad master cylinder or a blown vacuum assist canister.

Aug 08, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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My brake pedal goes all the way to the floor


Brake pedal goes to the floor? When does it happen. That is the most important piece of information. Most brake systems are power assisted via vacuum from the engine. Your brake booster is what makes the "power assist" work. There are some specific times when you will feel your brake pedal "fade" to the floor and it is normal due to the cycle of the brake components operation.If your brake pedal goes to the floor every time you step on it, stop driving and get to a repair facility! If the pedal is working when driving and the vehicle seems to be working as it always has, then chances are there is no concern. To be on the safe side, have it checked the next time you are in for any other type of service.There is a sensor inside most brake reservoirs that activates the indicator light in your instrument cluster when the level is lower than it should be. As your brake pads wear down, the system requires more fluid so the level at the reservoir drops setting the light. Same thing if there is a leak. The fluid level drops and the light goes on. This brake fluid leak would most likely be combined with a spongy pedal or a pedal fade every time you step on the brakes. A leak would also almost always have a wet area around the leak. Sometimes the leak can be internal to a part of the car you cannot see, so don't count on it.One easy way to check most brake boosters and the brake system for leaks is to turn the vehicle off and pump the brake pedal. Every time you depress the pedal you should feel the pedal "height" come up and the pedal get harder. After a few firm pumps of the pedal, hold it down. Leave pressure on the pedal for 20 seconds or so. Does the pedal move slowly (or quickly) to the floor? If so then there is a leak somewhere in the system. Keeping pressure on the brake pedal, start the vehicle. Does the pedal no drop? It should. That is the power assisted vacuum kicking in as the engine starts to run.The bottom line is that we are talking about your brakes. Your life, your passengers lives and the lives of others on the road around you depends on that system working properly. If you have any doubts, or feel uncomfortable, take it in to have it looked at. Know specifically what it is doing so that you can have your repair facility look at what you are feeling and tell you if

Oct 29, 2011 | 1987 Nissan Pickup

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Brake peddle goes all the way to the floor. brake peddle will have pressure when the car is off, but when you turn it on brake peddle loses all pressure. how can i tell if its the master cylinder or the...


first make sure there are no brake fluid leaks, sometimes the steel lines get rotted and start leaking. to test the booster with the engine off pump brake pedal about 10 - 12 times on the last pump hold the brake pedal down and start the car if the booster is good the pedal will drop alittle.

Feb 02, 2011 | 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

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I cant get the air to bleed out of my brakes on a 1997 dodge dakota i put on a new master cylender and have been bleeding them for 2 days they seem to bleed normal when truck is not running pump up and...


You need a helper, to slowly press the brake pedal down, as you open bleeder valve,then close before your helper gets near the floor.
Repeat until all air is out of each wheel position.
RR,LR,RF then LF. Always start from the farthest wheel and have motor running
Never pump brakes. That does nothing at all.

Nov 03, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Dakota

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I'm having trouble bleeding the brakes. I get pressure, but then when I turn the engine on I lose all pressure. I've gone several times around the car doing the traditional routine of pressing the brake...


It sounds like
  1. you need to check your cap and
  2. keep your car running when you bleed the brakes.
  3. SHould be 3 medium speed depressions to the floor, holding the third one.
  4. slowly open the valve until the fluid has no bubbles.
  5. Start at the wheel closest to the master cylinder, Should be on the driver front side.
  6. Then do passenger front, driver rear, passenger rear.
  7. You may need to repeat a second time....
  8. Also check your master cylinder for leaks by cleaning it with break cleaner and checking for fluid leakage,


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Mar 14, 2010 | 1997 Ford Expedition

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Replaced power boster master cylinder and brakes and the brakes are still spongy


Indicates air still in the system. I suggest that you start at the master cyl, remembering to keep it full during & after each attempt at bleeding the system and to only fill it by using a funnel & allowing the brake fluid run down the side to eliminate new air being put into the system.

Bleed the master cylinder first by loosening those lines while someone has pumped up the system & is holding the pedal to the floor. Make sure your assistant is not releasing the brake pedal before you are tightening the lines and that all brake pedal movement is done slowly, especially releasing the brake pedal. It causes fluid to rise into the air, bring air back into the fluid.

Next, go to the farthest brake away from the master cylinder & bleed it, working yourself to the next farthest until you finish with the closest brake. This prevents air from switching lines on you during the process.

If there are no leaks & you have followed this method, there shouldn't be any air in the system & your brakes should be good.

good luck

Feb 15, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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I have a 92 chrsy. 5th ave with no antilock brakes. just base brakes with rear drums. replaced master cly. due to leaking and replaced all the brake lines and hoses. i have good streams of fluid from all 4...


When you bleed the brakes are you starting with brake furthest from the master cylinder? Also was the master cylinder bench bled? If everything there is okay and you are not getting any air in fluid stream, you could try bleeding the brakes by having some one slowly pump the pedal till it is firm. Then have them let off open first bleeder valve and slowly depress to floor and hold there untol the valve is closed. repeat this at all bleeders. You may want to have car running to do this. Try this and let me know.

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