1996 Ford Explorer Brake Fluid Leak

Tiny
NICKBEE07
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  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
Brakes problem
1996 Ford Explorer 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Yesterday I changed the brake pads out on my 96 ford explorer. In the process I removed the brake line on the driver side caliper. Needless to say fluid leaked around and out. Before getting to the point, I did put in new pads successfully. For the most part. I reattached the brake line and refilled the brake fluid that spilled out. I tested the brakes and noticed that I could push to the pedal all the way back, it was also not stopping at the response time I liked. I figured I would check it in the morning when it was light out. This morning, I noticed brake fluid was leaking all over the caliper and tire. What could have caused this?

when I reinstalled the brake cable to the caliper, it went bolt, washer, connector, caliper.
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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 6:11 AM

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Tiny
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There should be two copper compression washers, one one each side of the hose end. Make sure of this and tighten and bleed, if you lost all fluid from the master, attach the hose and open all bleeder screws, close them as fluid drips out. DO NOT allow the master to run dry during this proccess! Then bleed as usual. After you replace pads, you may need to pump the pedal once or twice to seat the pads. Unless you are replacing calipers, dont remove the hose! Open the bleeder, push piston back, close the bleeder. Use ONLY DOT 3 brake fluid!
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Friday, January 29th, 2010 AT 7:26 AM

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