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Old 07-29-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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Brakes?

First off, HR diesel pusher, 1993, hydraulic brakes.

Today's excitement involves the brake pedal going down towards the floor with very little braking action. No idiot lights.

A check of the the fluid reservior shows it to be dry; my fingers don't swizzle anything. The moral of this story is don't believe anyone actually checked your brake system.

I poured some fluid in and the brakes feel better but I ran out of fluid. The current plan is to keep pouring fluid in until it won't take any more. There's no sign of leaks at the wheels etc.

I can hope it's that easy but I guess I'll probably have to bleed each line. Can you think of any other gotchas?
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John, that brake fluid had to go somewhere? It does not evaporate! I would fill it with the proper fluid, and bleed as needed, but check for wet marks along the frame, at all the junction points, and at the bottom of the brake drums on the inside, and the inside of the tires! You will find the leak, as it will show itself, as it gets to where it leaks more, as time goes by! I would suggest you keep a very close eye on the brake fluid level, till you locate the leak! My guess is a wheel cylinder inside the brake drum, if you have them on the rear, if you have disc's all the way around, the rubber hoses that go from the hard lines to the calipers would be the first place I would look! The brake fluid has a distinct smell, and your nose will help you find the leak also! Good luck! Rail!
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