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Old 09-25-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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SO, the break light has been on. Had my father in law check it out, said I need a new wheel cylinder.
It'* only like $5-$15 bucks for a new one, but you have to take the wheel off and take the breaks apart to get to it. I am not doing that, so now I gotta hope he can. He knows what he is doing, but he said it can be a PITA. So, if he can't, I gotta take it to a garage.
I know it won't be too expensive, but it will be more than I have right now.
So, I have to drive VERY carefully right now until I can get it fixed.
I really can't complain since I only paid $300 for the car and all it needed was a master cylinder, but I really don't have the right now to fix this.
The parts are no big deal, but if I have to paid for labor I am screwed.
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Did you ever consider maybe it'* the brake light switch? You may indeed need a new wheel cylinder, but I've never heard of that causing brake lights to stay on. But a faulty brake light switch will cause that.
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Hmm..that would make sense.
I do need the cylinder though, you can see the fluid leaking in the wheel.
Come to think of it th light went out after i put more fluid in.
I don't know what'* up with the lught, but I know the cylinder needs replaced, and I don't have the $
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Oh now I understand what you mean. Disreguard what I said. Yes, if your brake fluid is low the red brake light on the dash will come on. That more than likely is due to your leaky cylinder.

The way you said it, to me, it sounded like you meant the brake lights were on.
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Hey, no problem, you were trying to help. I am thankful for that
The break light was on, which first got me to knowing there was something wrong with the breaks.
That is what made me have my father in law look at them, which is how we discovered the leaking cylinder.
That prompted me to add the brake fluid, which, I assume, made the light go off.

Oh, yeah, besides the light, you can definitely feel the difference in the pedal. It goes all the way to the floor and it takes a good amount of time to stop.
I hate transporting my family in it, but i have to get around.
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Brian, You're dad should be able to fix it or even 'old school' it by rebuilding it while its still on the car. I've had to do that a few times myself and personally I think its the easier way out. LOL

Now as to hauling your family around in it, don't make me come down there and kick yer bump. You managed without a car and you can do it again for the short time it will be down. You can risk yourself if you want but for petes sake don't put alll you eggs in a basket you already know is broke. Your first job is keep 'em safe.
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Yeah, I know but we just got Mackenzie in school and Marcia needs to get her back and forth.
I really hope to be able to get it fixed this weekend, and all we will be dong this week is back and forth to work/school. Probably about 10 miles a day.
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