1999 Dodge Durango Brakes

Tiny
REITZ_K99
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  • 1999 DODGE DURANGO
  • 5.2L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 142,000 MILES
We took my Durango into the shop as we didn't have brakes. The mechanic shop call and said it would have been an easy fix of the master cylinder, but the mechanic called and said that the seal was expanded and that there was oil in the brake reservoir. How long does it take for the seal to expand?
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Friday, June 27th, 2014 AT 10:41 AM

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Tiny
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Not very long if it is in contact with oil and was meant for brake fluid your first question should be how did oil get in master as it should be sealed all around or the brake fluid was never changed and lost most of it 's properties.
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Friday, June 27th, 2014 AT 1:09 PM
Tiny
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We have been wondering if it is some sort of vandalism or if it was done intentionally at the place we bought the vehicle. Of course it was sold as is and we don't have a lemon law in the state of Nebraska. The mechanic said to get ahold of my auto insurance company and see if the repairs are covered by insurance. I bought the Durango in February and it has been sitting since the first of May when the brakes went out. Just finally had enough money saved up to do the repair.
Was told that all the seals in the brake system will have to be replaced as well as the wheel cylinders and brake calipers, then flush the whole system. I can't afford these kind of repairs. It saddens me to say, I want my vehicle back on the road but can't afford it now.
So if the brake fluid was never changed or whatever, does it break down and turn to oil? We were told that it was motor oil but I wouldn't know how to tell for sure.
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Friday, June 27th, 2014 AT 11:34 PM
Tiny
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Having worked n fleets I have seen stupid things done, like power steering fluid added to coolant, antifreeze to windshield was her fluid( really makes it hard to see too) etc. Brake fluid is made up of castor oil and alcohol along with a few other ingredients. If it's never been changed it turns black and nasty looking so should be changed every 2 yrs or so. Maybe you are fortunate and just replacing master and putting correct fluid in and bleeding system it will be ok. All you can do is try it may save the rest of your system hard to tell at this point. I am assuming the brakes worked before so the oil may be in just the master. This is about all I can give info wise.
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Saturday, June 28th, 2014 AT 5:53 AM

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