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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-08-05, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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messed up on a ford explorer brake job

I just recently did a pad slap on the front calipers and did not open up the bleeder valve when i compressed the piston. The abs light has not come on the explorer is a 02 and had 55000 miles on it and it was the first brake job it has had. Does anyone know the chances that i caused some serious damage.
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Re: messed up on a ford explorer brake job

If you have a good pedal it'll be fine.On some cars especially older ones it can damage the master cylinder resulting in spongy or no pedal at all.
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Re: messed up on a ford explorer brake job

You should be okay. I've been doing brakes for better than ten years now on a regular, professional basis. I've never had a problem with ruining a master cylinder. I rarely open the bleeder screw when I compress the pistons even though I know there is a possibility of that happening. It hasn't happened so I've sort of passed it off as an old wives tale. I do however remove some fluid from the M/C reservoir before doing a brake job, just because I know for a fact I don't feel like washing off the firewall when I'm done. Brake fluid=bad for paint.
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