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Old 11-27-2010, 05:57 PM
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Clueless on brake problem, pedal to floor

I am completely clueless on what to do next. Problems started when the right front brake pads wore out on my 1996 F-250 4x4 because the caliper was sticking. I turned rotors, resealed calipers and replaced pads. After putting everything back together and bleeding air out of system I could not get a good pedal with the engine running. Pedal was firm with engine off and after starting the engine brake pedal would slowly creep to the floor, so figured I must have damaged master cylinder while bleeding. Replaced master cylinder with rebuilt unit and decided to do rear brakes at the same time with new shoes, hardware and new wheel cylinders. Put everything together, bled system and still couldn't get a good pedal with engine running. Pedal is hard with engine off, however slowly goes to the floor with the engine running, acting just like an internally leaking master cylinder. I am bleeding using a vaccum pump (also tried manually) have bled all starting at RR, LR, rear ABS valve, then go to RF and LF. Master cylinder was bench bled before installing and complete system bled several times and still had the same problem. So, I thought something must be wrong with the rebuilt master cylinder and installed a brand new one, ended up with same, hard pedal with engine off, slow creep to floor with engine running. I read on the forum that a bad brake booster could cause this, so put one on today, no help.

Vacuum pump pulls 19.5" hg in 10 seconds with engine running. There are no external leaks, more than a gallon of brake fluid has been put through the system, everything except the vacuum pump and the rear ABS valve have been replaced. I can plug the ports on the master cylinder and get a normal pedal with engine running. If I reconnect the rear brakes everything is still good, connecting either or both fronts and the problem comes back.

Sorry for the long post, but I'm at a loss on what to do next. Anyone have this before or know the fix?
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Old 11-27-2010, 07:34 PM
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What condition are the front brake hoses at the calipers? I'm wondering if one of the hoses is damaged and swells under pressure.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:57 PM
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I agree one of the front brake hoses are deterarted on the inside and letting it swell.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:00 AM
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Thanks for the response. Both front hoses have been replaced, forgot to mention on the original post.

This problem has me completely confused, I'm not the best mechanic but not completely ignorant either. This is not the most complicated brake system, however I can't figure out what's going on. I would think if air was still trapped in the lines, it would have been bled out by now with as much fluid that has gone thorugh it.

Only thing I can think of to try next is to power bled and bypass the ABS valve.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:32 AM
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How are you bleeding the brakes. I mean are you pumping the pedal hard then opening the bleeder valve, are you using a brake bleeder, Are you opening the bleeder valve push the pedal to the floor, then closing the bleedervalve and releasing the pedal.

Explain to me which method you are bleeding the brakes.
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:32 PM
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Did you come up with a solution? I am having this same problem.
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Yes, I finally got a good pedal. I think there was air in the front brake lines and eventually bled out. I did not get a good pedal by bleeding. I got a firm enough pedal to start driving again and it got better over time. I think there are areas to trap air with the way the brake lines are run. When bleeding I used a vacuum bleeder, then at each wheel individually with hose and bottle and finally purchased a pressure bleeder. I wish I could tell you I did something in particular to fix, however I didn't. I just think it's due to the line layout. I can tell you I was pretty frustrated by the end and I replace everything with new or rebuilt parts except the brake lines. I even took the antilock valve out and replaced with a fitting. Keep at it and I'm sure it will get better for you, I feel your pain!
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:02 AM
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LOL

glad you got that pedal issue figured out 4 years would be a bummer to be messing with it
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