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1988 subaru gl with brakes that are froze up. Yesterday there weren't any brakes , pumped them and the y came back. drove it a mile and the brakes slowly got tighter and then completely stopped the vehicle from moving.

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If it locked up all 4 wheels then it could be a few things to look at.Start with what color the fluid looks like,if its a tan to dark brown then its time to replace it,either it got contaminated or water in it.Next look at how much brake pad and shoe is left.A good rule of thumb is to put 2 quarters together and measure them to the pads,shoes,and if the pad is thicker than the quarters than there good for now.If pads and shoe's are good then its time to move on to the master cylinder,proportioning valve,lines(metal and rubber).If the master cyl is not returning enough fluid(pressure) then it will lock the brakes.if the proportioning valve is bad it will do the same thing(some master cylinders have the proportioning valve built in to them)you will have to check to see if u have 2 or 4 lines coming off the master cyl.if its 2 then they split off to the other wheels brakes so check that.then check the lines for leaking fluid(and could let in air).Sometimes the ruber lines break apart inside so u wont see it,and lodge in any of the part mentioned above and lock the brakes also.

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