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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    I would never get under a car jacked up with one of those unless I had a death wish. If you want to jack it up and peek under it, that's OK, but don't go crawling under it. Just assume it will come crashing down at any given moment and you'll be OK.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Might have to wait for my money to hit and go walk to NAPA to see if they have any jacks I can get. I do have a jack right now, but I think it's low on hydraulic fluid as it will only jack the car up so much. And I am missing the original tool to it so I have to use a screwdriver and a rusty pipe I found..

    On the hydraulic note: I was told I can put brake fluid in it and it will work just as good, this true?

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Yeah, that should work. Treat it just like a factory jack though. You should always have a jack stand under the car to support it if the jack fails.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Well in that case, I'm going to wait until Friday night/Saturday morning as my buddy is going to bring by a jack and two stands. Should be plenty to see what's going on under there and to get the job done.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Just get it towed to the mechanic and let them deal with it. Brakes aren't the type of thing you want to touch when you don't know what you're doing and have never done it before, especially lines. There's too much to go wrong and by the time you get everything you need to do to it and if my some miracle you manage to get the job done it would have been cheaper and quicker to have the mechanic do it.

    You only have to replace whatever line is rusted and leaking. Just because one area rotted out doesn't mean it all is but whoever looks at it will be able to tell what all should be replaced. Yes you need to put fluid in it to find the leak but leaks never magically fix themselves. Press the pedal a couple times and you'll be back to where you are now. There's no point in bleeding anything until it's fixed, it probably won't bleed properly with a leak anyway.
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    I just don't have the cash to take it in and have them charge me their $60+/hr rate.. I'd like to do it myself to save the cash. I called in at this one place and they might give us a discount to have to have them do the brakes, A/C, and muffler. I'll find out more later on in the week.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Skip getting the AC fixed then and either hold off on the exhaust work or do that part yourself. The difference will pay for the brakes.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Well, talking to him it will save more to have all of it done at once by the guy, I already planned to do the muffler myself. (Have to get it done regardless, inspections are still done where I live)

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    btw: you could replace that car with an identical one that everything works on for about $2k. So think about it before dumping money into it.
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Well I got the car for less than 1k, problems were expected. I've already thought all about it but it's still going to be under 2k to get everything done, so I'm not complaining.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Well, it turns out. Where I thought it was leaking, was actually not the brakes. I put more in, pumped it, and now it's kinda pouring/leaking badly out the front near the front left tire.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by AlcoholicProgram View Post
    Well, it turns out. Where I thought it was leaking, was actually not the brakes. I put more in, pumped it, and now it's kinda pouring/leaking badly out the front near the front left tire.
    Sounds like a hose. Pull the wheel/rim and have someone stand on the brakes until you find the leak.
    If it is a hose you'll need a decent set of line wrenches to get them off without rounding the hex. I would replace all the hoses. If one is bad the other three are not far behind.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Hose or caliper, but it should be pretty evident when brake pressure is applied.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Alright, gonna hopefully pick up the jacks and stands today, and yank the tire off!

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    You've come to the right place. Great group of guys that are eager to help. Have saved me untold hours of work.

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