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    Question No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Ran out of brake fluid today, car is now parked outside with the parking brake on. I noticed this whenever I tried to go to the store and go to the stop sign and the breaks only worked whenever pushed all the way down. Message came on dash "Check fluid level", I'm going to get some brake fluid tomorrow and put some in, my question is this. I've heard that things can go wrong when you run out of brake fluid and I've heard that just putting new fluid in can fix it. So, when I put the fluid in what all should I do once I put it in, and what could go wrong?

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    Correct, you can't just pour it in if the reservoir's run dry. You need to bleed the brakes. It's been discussed a couple if times recently.

    However, before you put more fluid in, you need to find the leak.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Is there always a leak? And I guess it's time for me to learn how to bleed the breaks.

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    Brake fluid does not get consumed, so yes, if it's low, there's a leak.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Brake fluid does not get consumed, so yes, if it's low, there's a leak.
    Well, here's the thing. The car still was able to come to a stop, but only if I pushed it down all the way, and the vehicle was already very very low on brake fluid when I purchased it, and lasted for about two days of regular driving.

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    Still, there's a leak. Line, hose, fitting, caliper...

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

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    Still, there's a leak. Line, hose, fitting, caliper...
    Alright. Well, tomorrow I'm going to bleed the brakes and put new brake fluid in and then hopefully get to NAPA to have them diagnose it.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quick question. Do I have to bleed the brakes, or can I pour some in and get to NAPA. I would like to do as much mechanical stuff done by a mechanic rather than me. As I said it is able to stop but only when pushed all the way down, so I assume there's a bit still in there, if I put some in, maybe a quarter in the reservoir, will I be able to use my brakes and get to NAPA?

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    I wouldn't try it. Why not find the leak yourself?

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    Brakes are basicly a closed hydraulic system.. no fluid means air is filling the lines and its a total failure... losing all your fluid then driving without full fluid and bleeding them out is a risk I wouldn't take because you are just running with scissors at that point... you might not trip but if you do you risk yourself and who or whatever you run over in the out of control process
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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    I wouldn't try it. Why not find the leak yourself?
    Well I'm not very mechanically inclined and I live on a hill with a very tiny garage and no driveway. I don't really have an area to work on my car, it's not the steepest of hills and someone said I could jack the car up on it but I don't want to risk that at all.

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    Sounds like it's time for a tow.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Sounds like it's time for a tow.
    I may have space for the car nearby to get it in, if it fits there I can lift it and bleed the brakes, just hoping ill have the space for it. Really hoping I don't have to tow it, but if that's what it takes.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    Bleeding brakes is simple. It does require two people though. One to push the pedal and one to crank open the bleeder valve. There are methods where one person can do it but it is a lot easier to just have two. It uses a standard I think 3/8 or 10mm wrench (probably 10mm) but do yourself a favor and get a bleeder wrench. They make the job a lot easier as they are angled correctly. Get 2 LARGE bottles of brake fluid. You will probably be able to return one though. Bleed them until the fluid is clear (new). Start with the right rear, left rear, right front, left front. You should remove the wheel on each corner when you bleed it, but you can do it without removing the wheels.

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    Re: No brake fluid, 97 DeVille

    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.

    Well I'm not very mechanically inclined
    Do you know how to bleed brakes?

    and I live on a hill
    Don't attempt to drive it.

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