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Danny in AR    Posted 06-17-2019 at 18:29:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • 2003 Dodge Durango Question
  • I have a neighbor who has a 2003 Durango that he put new ball joints, a-frames, shocks, brake calipers, and pads on. We are trying to bleed the brakes with no success. When he pumps the petal it doesn't really pump up. But when I open the bleeders on each wheel clear clean fluid comes out, no air bubbles. He said the master cylinder never went dry while he was changing the calipers. I leaning towards either a bad master cylinder or the master cylinder needs bleeding.

    Anyone have any ideas?


    RockyMO    Posted 06-19-2019 at 14:40:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Simple really, calipers are on the wrong side causing the bleeder valves to be on the bottom. This creates an air pocket that cannot be bled in the caliper. Simply switch sides with the calipers, bleeder valves now at the top and calipers can be bled. I have seen this multiple times when homeowners do their own brake work. Even had a few towed in to the shop for this.

    Rocky in MO

    Danny in AR    Posted 06-21-2019 at 15:27:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You may be correct. The bleeder valves are on the bottom.


    Mower    Posted 06-18-2019 at 07:36:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The master cylinder doesn't need to go dry for the ABS pump to go dry. Once that happens you'll need a DRB/MDS or an aftermarket scan tool that can do the ABS bleed procedure to activate the ABS pump and valves.

    woodworker40    Posted 06-18-2019 at 06:25:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Does he have the engine running? I think it has to be running when you pump the brakes up.

    Greg_Ky    Posted 06-18-2019 at 05:21:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Most likely need a scan tool to activate the anti-lock pump. although the master cylinder did not drain the pump did. BTDT

    Farmer Dan    Posted 06-17-2019 at 20:47:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Did the brakes work before he did all this? I would try bleeding the master.

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