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Old 03-15-2011, 08:47 AM
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Default Low Brake Fluid wet rear Tire, Put more fluid in and can I drive to a shop then

Help, not Blonde, but female and not a mechanic. Alone. Noticed brakes sinking yesterday. By the time I got almost home they were almost to the floor and the Brake light came on. I went to NAPA and they gave me fluid so I managed to open the heavy hood and with manual filled the fluid. Got it in the garage and overnight all the fluid is on the garage floor and all over the rear driver side tire. I looked under there and there is a hose that is disconnected and not sure what it goes to. Any help in what could be wrong and worst and best case scenerio??? Called service Goodyear Service Center and they say sounds like Master Cylinder but need me to tow it in. Any help or advise I would appreciate it. Would rather fill it up again and try to make the 4 miles to the center as not much money and a tow would cost????
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:50 AM
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Default Re: Low Brake Fluid wet rear Tire, Put more fluid in and can I drive to a shop then

No. Do not drive it. You need to fix it in place or have it towed. Without a picture or better description of this hose, there isn't much we'll be able to recommend. It is unlikely you will be able to fix it yourself regardless of what it is.
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:54 AM
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I wouldn't drive it. a tow job could cost you $50 for the 4 miles, driving with unsafe brakes could cost you your life or another's, just have it towed. safety first
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:19 AM
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sounds like the wheel cylinder is bad. A hanging line "could" be the E-brake cable, if your not original owner, there is no telling what some one else did. It seems alot of DIY'ers will cut the e-brake cable while replacing rear brakes. Also might be the diff vent tube, I think that runs down the frame rail, over and pops on the diff.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:49 AM
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What they said, have it towed or fixed where it sits. Brakes are not something to trifle with. The towing fee is a lot cheaper than your life or wrecking your truck because you can't stop.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:23 AM
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sounds like the wheel cylinder is bad. A hanging line "could" be the E-brake cable, if your not original owner, there is no telling what some one else did. It seems alot of DIY'ers will cut the e-brake cable while replacing rear brakes. Also might be the diff vent tube, I think that runs down the frame rail, over and pops on the diff.
I am the original owner. Only a Ford Service Center has every replaced my brakes. Just know there is a hose of sorts hanging down just under my rear tire. Do you think break line replacement or Master Cylinder and what do you think the costs could be low to worst case... Scared... but will have it towed.

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sounds like the wheel cylinder is bad. A hanging line "could" be the E-brake cable, if your not original owner, there is no telling what some one else did. It seems alot of DIY'ers will cut the e-brake cable while replacing rear brakes. Also might be the diff vent tube, I think that runs down the frame rail, over and pops on the diff.
Is a wheel cylinder expensive? The Ford tech did mention that.

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No. Do not drive it. You need to fix it in place or have it towed. Without a picture or better description of this hose, there isn't much we'll be able to recommend. It is unlikely you will be able to fix it yourself regardless of what it is.
Thank you. You are most definitely right about me and any auto fix. Wish money really did grow on trees. We all need some.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:58 AM
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if by your spare tire and it is a hose, then it could still be the vent tube, or the main feed line could be broken. It feeds into a block then there are metal lines to each wheel. Because you say the wheel is wet, I doubt the main line is broke, otherwise it would leak right there. Wheel cylinders are cheap, like $12. But require the brakes to be dissasembled and if your going to do all that, you might as well replace ALL the brake components.

Pictures of said problem would help
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:05 AM
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Like Pooleo said, the wheel cylinder is proabably the problem. The part is cheap, it's the labor to get to it that might get you. There is quite a bit of stuff that needs to be removed to get at the cylinder.

If you have the money, replacing everything while it's all out might be worth your while.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:28 AM
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just had that happen to me last summer. Theres more to it than just replacing the wheel cylinder. It soaked the pads in brake fluid so theyll have to be replaced. I also cracked my drum trying to get it off. Thats a big deal and def not safe to drive. Have it towed.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:43 AM
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Default Re: Low Brake Fluid wet rear Tire, Put more fluid in and can I drive to a shop then

i sounds like the problem i had which happend to be my wheel cyclinders. which if they are leakin then you have to change the rear brake pads cause they got soaked with brake fluid and then also you might want them to check your brake drum to make sure they are not shot and if i belive if i was told right if one is startin to go out migh as well change the other side also
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:22 PM
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Like Pooleo said, the wheel cylinder is proabably the problem. The part is cheap, it's the labor to get to it that might get you. There is quite a bit of stuff that needs to be removed to get at the cylinder.

If you have the money, replacing everything while it's all out might be worth your while.
I will get some photos tonight and maybe email all of you from home. Not sure how to upload on this site. Tell me we are not talking over $500.00, only have $700.00 in savings. Then no food for sure.

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just had that happen to me last summer. Theres more to it than just replacing the wheel cylinder. It soaked the pads in brake fluid so theyll have to be replaced. I also cracked my drum trying to get it off. Thats a big deal and def not safe to drive. Have it towed.
I will have it towed, forgot to tell all that my rear cab window leaks bad and I thought I was saving to fix it. It is raining 100% in Akron , Ohio so I do not want it sitting all night at the Ford Service lot since they close when I get off work at 5pm tonight.

Please someone tell me this will all be under $700.00...
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:25 PM
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Price is all in what the shop charges, shoes are around $20, brake hardware kit is like $10 (2) wheel cyl. - $25. Bottle of fuild $4. Might consider new lines, $10. You should have less then $100 for parts, I would say no more than $200 for the labor. Around $300
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:44 PM
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I like that answer. Let's hope you are right. I am praying for that for sure. This is Ford Motor Company...... but the only place I have ever taken my truck. I am only love Ford trucks.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:48 PM
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Well, I don't know if you will see that price at ford. In any event, dont let them take advantage of you just because you are female. Make sure any parts they say need replacing are shown to you. Be leary of them saying you need new drums, new lug studs, axle seals, etc. Make sure it is in writing that they are not to preform any additional work with out your consent. I have heard of these stories and have witnessed a few myself.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:53 PM
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try to see if any members on here are close and maybe theyll help you.

ive done it before, and usually us guys just want some food and a case of beer.
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