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Old 10-21-2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default I would like to ask some questions on brake line components.

Ok, long story short. yesterday my e-brake light came on a couple times and did it'* dinging noise. I figured it was the e-brake pedal and maybe the switch was bad,
I thought, Ok I'll work on it tomorrow. Now today, I started the car and the light was on right off the bat and it was dinging.
Did a search in the forums and found a couple posts that said check your fluid level. As it turns out i was at less than 1/3.
This was shocking. Whenever i check my fluids i NEVER have to touch this one. Searched the forums more and narrowed it down to the master cylinder and the lines.
So i went to my car with the camera...*Bones creak, joints pop*
After hearing my vertebrae making sounds they SHOULDN'T...I think i may have found the problem....


(Rear-driver side wheel)
So i looks like i'll be using the grand prix to get to work tonight :(
Now i haven't taken off the wheel yet because i need to get to sleep. But i was wondering if any of you guys
know what parts i will need to fix this off the top of your head, or will I have to take off the wheel and snaps some photos?
I figure if I'm doing this side i may as well do the other side. And if I'm gonna do that should i go ahead and replace the master cylinder?
I heard it will take a couple hours, and if it is a justified preventive measure I may as well do it before it gets cold....well h*ll it'* cold already, so colder.
I'll check back after i wake up.....

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That looks like a Bad Wheel Cylinder....

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I second that your gonna need a wheel cylinder.
Its also best to replace them in pairs...
90% of the time drum brakes are never looked at, and the shoes wear down so far, that the wheel cylinder will push out to far, and start leaking.

I will save you time, by saying your gonna need a wheel cylinder, shoes, and hardware kit... If you have the money replace the cylinder on other side to...

Also be carefull not to break/strip the flare nut going to the back of the wheel cylinder. More then likley its gonna be a 8mm or 10mm and use a flare nut wrench if you can get one. If you cant get it loose, a little propane torch to heat it will get it loose... Be sure to heat the cylinder though, not the nut its self...

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Hot diggity darn if i don't love this place.....
On Monday I'll head down to the 3 local auto stores.
None have ever had everything i have wanted. Thank goodness
they are right next to each other.
I'm gonna pick up the wheel cylinder, shoes, and hardware kit for both wheels.
And if they have them i'll pick up some Flare nut wrenches. I've never heard of them
before, and it never helps to have more tools
I'll see if i can get a brake bleeding kit while I'm at it. I've always wanted one.
Having never done this before is there anything i should know about
ahead of time? Or is it pretty straight forward?
Take off wheel.
remove flare nut.
remove cylinder and replace with new.
reattach flare nut.
put wheel back on.
Cruise big pimping style. (optional)
Is there any brand in particular i should look for or stay away from?

Thanks for the quick reply guys!
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Robin.. somewhere in my place is a wheel cylinder....don't ask me where though. lol

Found it in a JY car..brand new.in trunk.
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I expect nothing less at the temple of boost!
Maybe kitty is playing with it?

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It would be wise to have the drums turned too. Be very careful with that flare nut. You may want to soak it and the line with some PB blaster to loosen the rust. Work the nut back and forth to prevent breaking the line. If you dont have much experience doing this style drum brake, then only do one side at a time. Also, make sure you get the shoes adjusted nice and tight so you have a good high pedal.
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Thank you very much dude, I shall keep that info in mind.
you just made me realize i should look up how to adjust
those kind of brakes online!
Google here i come!

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