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Old 10-04-2010, 01:26 PM
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Default 97 2500 with brake problems, can I bypass the rears

Hello everyone, trying to solve a brake problem on my 97 2500 V10 Ram. I only use the truck on my property hauling wood or hay, recently the rear brake lines rotted away (Live in the North East). I closed off the rear line where it comes out just below the master cylinder, I think its an ABS module, then went with all new lines and hoses for the fronts. I've spent hours bleeding the fronts but can't get a solid pedal. Its inconsistent and needs pumping, but will stop the truck. In reverse it goes to the floor. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help.
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BRAKE BLEEDING

Use Mopar brake fluid, or an equivalent quality fluid meeting SAE J1703-F and DOT 3 standards only. Use fresh, clean fluid from a sealed container at all times.
Do not pump the brake pedal at any time while bleeding. Air in the system will be compressed into small bubbles that are distributed throughout the hydraulic system. This will make additional bleeding operations necessary.
Do not allow the master cylinder to run out of fluid during bleed operations. An empty cylinder will allow additional air to be drawn into the system. Check the cylinder fluid level frequently and add fluid as needed.
The Brakes should be bled in sequence. First the right rear wheel then the left rear wheel. Then move to the front brakes and bleed the right front wheel then the left front wheel.
MANUAL BLEEDING
  1. Remove reservoir filler caps and fill reservoir with Mopar, or equivalent quality DOT 3 brake fluid.
  2. If calipers, or wheel cylinders were overhauled, open all caliper and wheel cylinder bleed screws. Then close each bleed screw as fluid starts to drip from it. Top off master cylinder reservoir once more before proceeding.
  3. Attach one end of bleed hose to bleed screw and insert opposite end in glass container partially filled with brake fluid. Be sure end of bleed hose is immersed in fluid.
  4. Open up bleeder, then have a helper press down the brake pedal. Once the pedal is down close the bleeder. Repeat bleeding until fluid stream is clear and free of bubbles. Then move to the next wheel.
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thanks, I did not bleed them exactly that way. I'll give it a shot. Thanks again.
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