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Brake pedal to the floor!

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Old 12-18-2007, 07:01 PM
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Default Brake pedal to the floor!

I have a 1996 Windstar. Early morning and cold out, in the teens. I was spining through the snow in my driveway and stepped on the brake pedal.The brake pedal went nearly to the floor. Theres. is low on fluidbut I don't see any fluid on the ground. I filled the res and pumped the brake. It doesn't pump up hard. The fluid is slightly lower after I filled and pumped. Anyone have and idea of the problem? Or, where the fluid is going?
 
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:30 PM
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Default RE: Brake pedal to the floor!

Check the back of your rims for fluid. Check the lower portion of the rear drum for fluid leak. Also there is an aluminum block half way back on the drivers side that both rear brake lines feed through, I have had this leak on a 95.
 
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Old 12-20-2007, 10:55 AM
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I found the leak. The line to the right rear brake passes through the frame near the muffler. It's leaking there. If you pump enough brake fluid it has to show up some place! I'm not looking forward to replacing it. It will be the domino effect. As I change one line I'll disturb another. Do they sell pre bent brake lines for Windstars or will I need to buy a bender and DIY the bending my self? Would it be more cost effective to have a brake shop do the work?
 
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:30 AM
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I think your only possiblity of pre-bent will be Ford at best. As for cost effective.....It is the holidays. Do you need the van fixed as soon as possible? It may be work contacting as shop for a guess-imate.
 
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:56 PM
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Ford does not sell prebent brake lines that I know of, plus there coverage may not go back 11 years for such a part. The new straight lines at auto parts stores will have to be used, some are made to be easily bendable. I don't envy you this job!
 
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