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CHEVROLET 380SE PISTON PROBLEM

2000 Chevrolet 380se • 88,000 miles

My friend has and 2000 Chevy Malibu and after replacing both the front wheel hubs has no breaks. I helped him bleed the brakes both back and front several times with no luck? We didn't see any leaks in the line? But wondering if there's air in the line somehow? Any ideas? Thanks
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October 28, 2012.



What's the symptom? Does the pedal go to the floor or is it high and hard but the car won't stop? If the pedal goes to the floor, the master cylinder may have been damaged. Typically the pistons are pushed part way back into the calipers to make it easier to reassemble them. You have to stroke the brake pedal a few times to work the pistons back out. Most people push the pedal all the way down, but experienced professionals never push it more than half way. Crud and corrosion build up in the bottoms of the bores where the pistons don't normally travel. When the pedal gets pushed too far, the seals can get ripped on that crud.

There is a related problem that only occurs on GM front-wheel-drive cars. When the pedal is pushed too far, a valve trips in the master cylinder when there are unequal pressures in the two hydraulic circuits. That happens when there's a leak in a line but it also happens when one caliper pushes its piston out and starts to build pressure before the other side does. When that valve trips, you will not be able to force any brake fluid from one front caliper and the opposite rear brake. That typically does not cause a low pedal; in fact, it can go unnoticed until the pads are worn down on one side and still look like new on the other side.

Caradiodoc
Oct 28, 2012.
Thanks for taking the time to answer me back and the best I can tell you is that it has some good break pedal when it's off but as soon as you turn the car on it gos all the way to the floor. The owner said the breaks were good before they changed the wheel hubs. I will pass on what information you did give me to the owner. Thanks again!

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Tiny
Captain America USA
Oct 28, 2012.
We don't have the information for your vehicle so I don not know the exact system used. For some models, a scan tool is required to reset the brake system once it has been worked on.

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KHLow2008
Oct 28, 2012.
Thanks again!

Tiny
Captain America USA
Oct 28, 2012.
You're welcome.

KHLow2008
Oct 29, 2012.
Just noticed the title is Mercedes but the question is Chevy Malibu. Which is which?

KHLow2008
Oct 29, 2012.

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