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Old 01-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My parents have a 1996 ford taurus v6. They havn't driven it in about 2-3 months. They went to move it and the brakes were non-existant and the car went through my garage door. Could it be a brakeline or master cylinder? Anyone have issues like this? I just want to know where to start. Brake pads/rotors/calipers were good. Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Start by seeing if it has brake fluid in it. Press the pedal and see if it goes all the way to the floor or not. Pump the pedal and see if it build up pressure or not.

If the pedal is hard to press, then look at the brake booster vacuum line.
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If it is a bad line there should be a puddle of brake fluid under the car. I don't believe the master cylinder will completely fail maybe only one side. If the section of the cylinder fails the pedal will travel further but will still supply brakes. If it was close to the door they may not reacted in time to prees harder.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Or they pressed the gas instead. Did YOU try the brakes?
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Yeah, I'm going to check it out on sunday on my day off. Just trying to see what I am walking into. haha I am driving out to nj from pa just to look at it so i wasnt sure if i should be prepared with anything. Worst case probably a MC. best case..needs fluid and a bleed lol
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Best case they hit the gas and not the brakes!! Good luck.


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My bet would be that they have a busted line and it blew the fluid out.
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Be sure to check under the drivers door. Common line failure point inside the plastic coupling.
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I am betting on VAC line ripped or came off.
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