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Old 06-16-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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After getting home from work and parking my car in my driveway last night, applying the Parking brake as usual, I went inside for a minute. Came out and started the car to move it to the top of the driveway, released the P-brake, put it in D and rolled forward. When I tried to stop the brake pedal hit the floor in less than a second. I had no pressure.

I said a Hail Mary (not really) and went to work this morning and drove even more like an old man this time hoping not to get into an accident. But I can't walk since it'* a 40 mile trip.

As to why this happened after parking the car and so suddenly I have no clue. Brakes are one thing I haven't worked on and don't know what the problem is. The fluid is full and it'* not leaking as far as I can tell!

I drive about 85 miles a day and need to get this fixed asap. Thankfully it'* not a Monday. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd really appreciate it. Thanks guys.
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84 to 91..is the direction you want to go. Get off at 47E... friendlies live close by.

Sounds like a master cylinder if there is no fluid visible and the level isn't dropping.
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84 to 91..is the direction you want to go. Get off at 47E... friendlies live close by.

Sounds like a master cylinder if there is no fluid visible and the level isn't dropping.
I KNEW you'd give me directions to the Villa.

I can come over Saturday...
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Why use the parking brake on an automatic? I know a few people how do this and I can see it with a standard shift. Doesn't the tranny lock up the drivetrain when it'* in park?
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haha, yea a little off topic but that last time i used my p-brake, it snapped! and those things are a pain to fix! that learned me REAL good... :P
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Why use the parking brake on an automatic? I know a few people how do this and I can see it with a standard shift. Doesn't the tranny lock up the drivetrain when it'* in park?
I use it because my driveway is on an incline.

Jim had it fixed when he had the car and it works great. It'* not going to snap anytime soon.

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As Bill stated he thought it was the master cylinder. After inspecting for leaks and found none, I got a new MC and Bill and I installed it in no time. It turned out to be really easy as neither of us had replaced one before. I didn't think to take pics of the process, but it was pretty much done with by the time we thought of taking them
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Master cylinder failures on the 92-99 Bonnies are common guys... Just remember that

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Master cylinder failures on the 92-99 Bonnies are common guys... Just remember that
And at 107,000 miles, mine had already been replaced before too.
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That was the kicker... we pulled the res off..swapping it over I noticed the reman stamp on the master we pulled off the car.
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Master cylinder failures on the 92-99 Bonnies are common guys... Just remember that
And at 107,000 miles, mine had already been replaced before too.
Mine was replaced with a new AC Delco at 72,000 miles... At 148,000 now... wow the replacement has lasted longer

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