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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, No brake fluid, 97 DeVille in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by Ranger If you have a leak it should be obvious. You should see brake fluid at one ...
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    If you have a leak it should be obvious. You should see brake fluid at one of the 4 brake calipers or one of the lines or connections.


    Do you know how to bleed brakes?


    Don't attempt to drive it.
    Went to NAPA today and they told me that to pour some in and find the leak, I had them take a look at it and they said I'll need to replace my brake lines before I do anything. I asked them about bleeding the brakes and putting new fluid in and they told me it would just all leak out within the day. (Of course I was skeptical of it at first but it does make sense)
    My father is going to take a look at it and see where we should go from there, maybe if I can find the problem I'll post up a photo or so for some recommendations on stopping it. We may just end up taking it in and having the lines replaced.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    All depends on where the leak is. DO NOT start replacing lines without knowing what is leaking. That could get VERY expensive real fast. Diagnose, then repair.
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    All depends on where the leak is. DO NOT start replacing lines without knowing what is leaking. That could get VERY expensive real fast. Diagnose, then repair.
    Hoping to drop off the car tomorrow at the mechanic for diagnosing. Only $45 for them to locate the problem in the brake lines and figure out what's wrong with my A/C Compressor, so I figured it was worth it. I'll report back on what they say.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    I discovered where the brake fluid is leaking, I went ahead and cancelled my appointment at the mechanic. If I post some photos maybe someone can help me identify what needs to be done to fix it? It seems it is leaking out underneath the engine, a little bit closer towards the cabin.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    If you have a leak due to a rotted line, just do them all at once. I promise, it's worth it. When one blows, the others are right behind it, ALWAYS (the rest of them are just as rusty). Waiting for them to blow one by one is not worth the risk nor the headache.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by drewsdeville View Post
    If you have a leak due to a rotted line, just do them all at once. I promise, it's worth it. When one blows, the others are right behind it, ALWAYS. Waiting for them to blow one by one is not worth the risk nor the headache.
    Sounds pricey, yet worth it.
    Where can I get all the brake lines at? Seems like it would be cheaper to buy them all together, rather than separately..

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    They're not sold pre bent. It needs to be bought in bulk, along with fittings. Custom bent and flared.
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    No one will make pre-bent lines for this car. If you need them replaced, the laborer will end up buying some brake line stock and they'll have to bend/flare the lines themselves. EDIT: as MC said.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    They're not sold pre bent. It needs to be bought in bulk, along with fittings. Custom bent and flared.
    Ouch. Sounds even pricier! If I were to take it into a mechanic to replace them, can they (typically) replace all the lines?

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    Yes. Parts are cheap, it's the labor that makes brake line replacement expensive.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    We've got a buddy who's going to weld me on a new muffler, and fix up my A/C, hopefully he'll do the brake lines at a discounted price.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    First check it out. It may not be a rusted line. Start looking at the master cylinder and then follow the brake lines from there.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    First check it out. It may not be a rusted line. Start looking at the master cylinder and then follow the brake lines from there.
    Gonna go take a look at it and see what I can find.

    If I were to replace the hoses on my own (with some help from a friend) how hard is it to do so?
    What all needs to be done when replacing them?

    EDIT: I just looked near the master cylinder and there is some hose sticking out from the engine with a metal cap(?) on it and it is just sitting there. Not sure what this has to do with or if I should even be concerned about this.

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    That line with metal cap is vent for trans, leave it be.
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01 View Post
    That line with metal cap is vent for trans, leave it be.
    Phew, I thought there was something else wrong with it. Thanks for clearing that up!

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