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I've replaced just about the entire break system on my 94 dakota and when the breaks are pushed sometimes the pedal is near the top of the stroke other times it is near the bottom. Could this be my proportioning valves? The reason i rebuilt the system is because some type of fluid was installed in the system by the previous owner and ruined all of the seals.

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    Jeffrey Turcotte Oct 12, 2010

    did you replace the metering valve in the combination valve? Also, if you have ABS, there is a special procedure for bleeding. Let me know if you need it.



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If anything but brake fluid was installed , anything rubber will be dammaged , power steering
fluid looks just like brake fluid but , its deadly for a brake system.
I hope you dont have antilock brakes , if so the unit may need replacement , as will
all rubber hoses, wheel cylinders , master cylinder , calipers .
If you catch it early enough , flushing the system may help.
It sounds like its too late in your case.

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