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Brakes won't bleed on ford windstar 2003. - 1995 Ford F350

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  • ckast6319 Sep 18, 2008

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    2000 ford mustang gt. Started with rear brake squel, changed pads and couldn't get pistons back in so I bought 2 rebuilt rear calipiers. Put all together, filled resovior and tried to bleed the rear brackes. Pedal goes to floor. did it 3 more times, still goes to floor. Also when bleeder screw is loosened fluid doesn't squirt out with force like it should. and person holding pedal says it dosen't go down like it should when bleeder is opened. What am I doing wrong ??? thanks for any help!!!!

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Sounds to me like the proportioning valve might be tripped. Try opening the bleeder screws at all wheels and have an assistant stomp on the brake pedal (all the way to the floor) and hold the pedal down while you close all the bleeder screws. Continue with normal bleeding procedures. Stomping the pedal with all bleeders open equalizes the pressures and resets the proportioning valve, allowing the fluid to flow to all four wheels again.

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How are you trying to do It it wont work the old fashioned way you have to first bench bleed the master cylinder if you replaced it and if its a rebuild it might not bleed you gotta use a brand new one but vacuum is the best way to bleed because of the ABS controller

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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Are you doing the bleed manually(depressing pedal and holding) or using a hand activated vacuum pump?

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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No need to run the engine. Start the bleed procedure from the caliper farthest from the master cylinder, and work toward it. This means bleed the passenger rear first, then the driver rear, then passenger front, then driver front. Don't stop bleeding any caliper until you get three or so consecutive streams of air-free fluid through the bleeder. Monitor the level of fluid in the cylinder, and be sure the cap is on while bleeding - only open it to add additional fluid as needed.

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SOURCE: can bleed brakes in 2003 envoy

you ned a scan tool capable of doing aa ABS brake bleed

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SOURCE: on a 2003 ford ranger is there a different method

start with the wheel furthest from the abs unit.it just takes longer to do.it also depends on whether the system was completely drained or not.the best way for you to do it is get the copy of the procedure from the shop manual from ford.the best way is to have fresh fluid pumped into the resovoir,and drained one wheel at a time .

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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Bleeding The Brake System Bleeding When any part of the hydraulic system has been disconnected for repair or replacement, air enters the lines causing spongy pedal action (because air can be compressed and brake fluid cannot). To correct this condition, it is necessary to bleed the hydraulic system to ensure all air is purged.
Always begin bleeding the brake system from the furthest wheel cylinder or caliper from the master cylinder; the right rear.
NOTE: The right side of the vehicle is the passenger side. The sides of the vehicle are determined from the driver's perspective. This reference is taken from sitting in the driver's seat, facing forward.
Maintain a full reservoir during the bleeding operation. Never use brake fluid that has been drained from the hydraulic system, or from an open container, no matter how clean it is. Always use brake fluid from a new, sealed container. The front and rear reservoir will drain as the front or rear brakes are bled.

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface. Place the vehicle in PARK (automatic) or REVERSE (manual) with the engine OFF, and apply the parking brake. Chock the rear wheels to prevent vehicle movement. NOTE: Wheel chocks may be purchased at your local auto parts store, or a block of wood cut into wedges may be used.
  2. Loosen the lugnuts from all four wheels, but do not remove the lugnuts until the vehicle is raised and supported properly.
  3. Use an approved jack and raise the vehicle high enough to place jack stands under all four corners of the vehicle. Place the jack stands under the frame or axles of the vehicle. Ensure that the front of the vehicle is raised higher than the rear.
  4. Remove the wheels from the vehicle.
  5. Clean all dirt from around the master cylinder fill cap. Remove the cap and fill the master cylinder with brake fluid until the level is within 1/4 in. (6mm) of the top edge of the reservoir.
  6. Clean the bleeder screws at all four wheels. The bleeder screws are located on the back of the brake backing plate (drum brakes) and at the top of the brake calipers (disc brakes).
  7. Attach a length of rubber hose over the bleeder screw and place the other end of the hose in a plastic jar.
  8. Have an assistant place and hold pressure on the brake pedal.
  9. Open the bleeder screw 1/2 - 3/4 turn. As the bleeder is opened, the brake pedal will travel to the floor. Have the assistant inform you when the pedal has bottomed out. NOTE: Do not remove pressure from the brake pedal once it is bottomed out. No movement to the pedal should occur until the bleeder is closed and the assistant is made aware of the situation. Failure to do this will draw more air into the system.
  10. Close the bleeder screw and tell your assistant remove their foot from the brake pedal. Continue this process to purge all air from the system.
  11. When bubbles cease to appear at the end of the bleeder hose, tighten the bleeder screw and remove the hose.
  12. After bleeding each wheel, check the master cylinder fluid level and add fluid accordingly.
  13. Repeat the bleeding operation at the remaining three wheels, ending with the one closet to the master cylinder. The pattern is, RR, LR, RF, LF.
  14. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level and install the reservoir cap.

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 windstar rear brake problem.

Take the lug bolts and try putting the broad side against the drum without the tire rim. It sounds like the rear brakes are adjusted too tight. Also check the emergency brakes which may have to be adjusted looser now that the linings are new and thicker.
If you can run the lugnuts against the drum with the broadside hitting the drum you will duplicate what is happening with the tire rim. You will be able to see better and can adjust the brakes without the tire in the way.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009

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