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Old 11-05-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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mush pedal!

I get up this morning, hop in the jeep and take off to drill with my reserve unit this morning. I get a couple miles down the road, try to slow down for a car i'm coming up on and realize my brakes are kinda "soft" and that's putting it firmly. I go a few hundred yards further, start checking my brakes since i'm the only one on the road and nothing, notta, zip, zilch, absolutely no braking power . I come to a stop sign and have to use my E brake to stop. Since it was so earlly no one was on the road I turned around in a parking lot. I keep her at about 30mph and limp her home with no problems. Since my jeep is my only daily driver, I didn't make it to drill, instead I spend the day working on brakes. Now after new pads, turning rotors, and some fresh brake fluid she's all healthy again. I knew i was due for a brake service and was planning on doing it on Wed, my next day off.

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Old 11-05-2010, 10:35 PM   #2
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glad ur alright man!

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Old 11-05-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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I'd be careful man... worn pads and rotors normally shouldn't cause that problem. Having to add brake fluid is a good sign of a leak and chances are it's been leaking a while and you got air in the system...hence, no brakes when your pedal compressed that air pocket (air can compress a LOT more than brake fluid).

You really should either find the leak or get the brakes checked out and have them bled out...
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:55 PM   #4
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Bleading was part of the service we did. Traced the lines, no moisture anywhere. Checked all calipers, nothing. Checked the back drums, no brake fluid. I'm not sure how much fluid we actually added, my brother actually did that before i wanted him too. I was going to see how much came back into the reservoir after i compressed both calipers back in. He added if first then i had to clean up the mess where it ran back out the top of the reservoir. i just hope i got all of it off so as to not corrode on any under hood paint/components.
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Usually when you put in new pads - you have too much fluid?
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Tip: To clean the brake fluid off easy, don't bother with solvents or alcohol. Simply flush it off with lots of water.

It's hyGrowscopic, meaning it absorbs water - and gets carried away with it.

Wondering - since the front and rear brakes are 2 independent systems, a loss of fluid in one still lets the other work. You should have had some braking anyway.

Unless -- the rears were adjusted too loose and weren't working before, then when the front wore down enough the the MC sucked in air, losing front, then you had nothing.

Be sure to adjust the rear properly - most people don't.
LOOSEN the E-brake cable till it's slack.
From the inside of the wheel - turn the star adjuster so the adjuster tips GO UP - that's tightening - same on either wheel.
Turn till the tire cannot be turned by hand.
Have someone step and release on the brake pedal - that centers the shoes - a very important step. The wheel may turn again. Repeat until it stays tight.
Poke a small screwdriver in through the slot next to your brake spoon to push the lever off the star wheel while turning the star wheel tips DOWN.
Turn the star about 4 or 5 clicks.
At this point most people keep on loosening the star until it no longer drags - DON'T!
Step and release the pedal again, centering the shoes. If the wheel turns freely now STOP - FINISHED. If it's still tight loosen another 3 or 4 clicks AND STEP/RELEASE AGAIN.
Adjust the E-brake.

Most people don't do that critical STEP AND RELEASE - then wonder why they have poor braking. ('Cause the rears aren't working properly - way too loose!)

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