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Old 03-03-2010, 03:36 PM
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What, on average, do you think that it should cost me to have the brakes done on my 2003 Ford Ranger Edge? Not sure if I'd need front and/or rears, or new rotors, etc. Is this something fairly easy that I could do myself? I am mechanically inclined, I am an outboard technician, but boats don't have brakes! Thnx in advance!
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:44 PM
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Brakes....simple enough. If you do them yourself, you'll save pretty good money. Whats wrong with them now?
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:56 PM
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I sometimes have to push the pedal almost all the way to the floor or almost pump the brake pedal to stop. Other times the brake pedal is hard as a rock and seems to lock my brakes up when I touch it. Maybe my system just needs to be bled?
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:00 PM
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It could be the system has air in it check the master cylinder see if there is a layer of black in the brake fluid. And I would replace both front and back if it were me.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:10 AM
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Fluctuation in brake pressure doesn't sound like an issue with the physical brake pads themselves.... bleeding the brakes sounds like a good idea.
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:03 AM
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Brakes are a sealed system. There shouldn't be air in the system unless something is leaking. If the pedal drops to the floor, either you have air in the system from something leaking or not previously put back together correctly or a part failure at one or more wheels, or the master cylinder may be faulty, any could cause the same symptom. However, air in the system IMO will always cause the pedal to drop and the only way to bring it up is to pump the pedal (because of the air). I would first look at the fluid level. If the master cylinder is full, probably no leak. Check each wheel for fluid/leaks, check the lines too. If you can't find a failure anywhere or any leaks and the fluid level is good.....then try bleeding at each wheel....have a buddy help you. If that fixes it, I'd still be worried on how air got into the system to begin with.
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