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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-19-07, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Everything broke at once, I need a little advice

Well, my mom was trying to get her 97 CV off the street after a snow storm, and wasn't having any luck so she let someone else try... After 30 minutes of revving the snot out of the motor the car was in the driveway...

That episode blew both y-pipe flange gaskets, and oddly enough now the parking brake light stays on all the time, and one of the brake lines blew again.

In regards to the parking brake, I don't think the brake is actually on since the car idles along just fine in gear, but she's trying to sell the car so I need to fix this stuff.

Is that light a ford standard "always powered, ground to activate" idiot light that's grounded by a single wire attaching to the parking brake? It looked like it did in my 88, but unlike my 88, removing that wire didn't turn the light out, and I'm not sure how the car's recent traumatic experience would have caused that wire to short.

Secondly, the parking brake cable hangs super loosely under the car, is there a place the metal clevis should mount to or is it just held up by tension (if it's mounted somewhere a picture would help, because I spent 20 minutes under the car looking for a place it might mount to and got nowhere)? I figure if I need that wire checked for a short (I don't like taking ford interiors apart, too many one-time-use clips breaking), I'll need to get the loose cable patched up first to avoid ford's excessive bill for e-brake repairs, and I don't really know how to tighten it up myself.

Lastly, I know there's a recall with "brake line abrasion" for this car, the brake lines were already replaced once after they blew, and now after the other day, brake fluid now sprays out of one of the replaced lines onto the converter, making a giant cloud of smoke. Was the official fix for this recall something better than "zip ties" cause that's how the ford dealer "fixed" it 5 years ago and it clearly didn't work.

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Re: Everything broke at once, I need a little advice

The brake light is on because one of the brake lines has blown which has off-centered the switch in the hydraulic proportioning valve. Once the line is fixed and the air bled out, the light should go off.

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Well, my mom was trying to get her 97 CV off the street after a snow storm, and wasn't having any luck so she let someone else try... After 30 minutes of revving the snot out of the motor the car was in the driveway...

That episode blew both y-pipe flange gaskets, and oddly enough now the parking brake light stays on all the time, and one of the brake lines blew again.

In regards to the parking brake, I don't think the brake is actually on since the car idles along just fine in gear, but she's trying to sell the car so I need to fix this stuff.

Is that light a ford standard "always powered, ground to activate" idiot light that's grounded by a single wire attaching to the parking brake? It looked like it did in my 88, but unlike my 88, removing that wire didn't turn the light out, and I'm not sure how the car's recent traumatic experience would have caused that wire to short.

Secondly, the parking brake cable hangs super loosely under the car, is there a place the metal clevis should mount to or is it just held up by tension (if it's mounted somewhere a picture would help, because I spent 20 minutes under the car looking for a place it might mount to and got nowhere)? I figure if I need that wire checked for a short (I don't like taking ford interiors apart, too many one-time-use clips breaking), I'll need to get the loose cable patched up first to avoid ford's excessive bill for e-brake repairs, and I don't really know how to tighten it up myself.

Lastly, I know there's a recall with "brake line abrasion" for this car, the brake lines were already replaced once after they blew, and now after the other day, brake fluid now sprays out of one of the replaced lines onto the converter, making a giant cloud of smoke. Was the official fix for this recall something better than "zip ties" cause that's how the ford dealer "fixed" it 5 years ago and it clearly didn't work.

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