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Old 06-19-2010, 01:21 PM
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Hey all, I went to get into my truck today and when i started it up the brake pedal went to the floor. Also, I noticed the brake light is staying on. I added brake fluid to it and started it back up and mashed the break to the floor several times. I got out the truck and noticed the brake fluid was almost empty again! I then checked under the truck and noticed that behind the driver side rear tire it was leaking bad! What could this be and what do I need to fix this? What is this gonna cost if I fix myself vs. a shop? Thanks for all your help
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You have a ruptured line and the question is rubber line or steel line? Neither one is terribly expensive but you will need a flaring kit if it's a steel line.
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could it not be the cylinder?
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and are you talking about a hydraulic hose?
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Certainly could. When you said behind the wheel, I mistook it to mean above it where the rubber and steel line junction is. If it's coming from the backing plate, then it's most likely the cylinder unless the line ruptured going into it. Cylinders aren't expensive but you'll need to replace the brake shoes as well since they're contaminated. Judging by the age of your truck, you should check the drums to see if they need replacing and you'll likely want to replace the hold down springs and adjuster components. Don't foget a quart or so of brake fluid to bleed the system with.
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I had a mechanic friend come look at it. It actually is the brake line. Its rusted and he said the hose needs replacing as well. Thanks for yalls help though. Always something to be fixed on a vehicle
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It's not an uncommon problem on the BR/BE series trucks, especially when they get some age on them.
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