Hey, I'm back. Sorry about the delay, I didn't bail on your answers, I was just sick with the flu. Anyway, let me tell you what exactly I have done from the beginning so we can keep this a little more condensed. After reading online all the things that pertain to my problem, I have a feeling I may have done something I shouldn't have in the process of my repair attempt. Now mind you, I am no idiot. In fact when it comes to this type of stuff, I can usually repair it myself but take note everyone. Times are changing and car repair is too. I am finding out that the things we may have done in the repair process in the past, may have been alright then but may be a costly mistake to do on the autos that are manufactured these days. Enough. OK, now to continue with my problem.
Thanks for your help 2carpro Jack. Anyway, here goes:
Let me first start by saying, and I'm not sure whether this had anything to do with my problem or not but it might. Ever since I bought the vehicle, the brake pedal had always pulsated when I applied the brakes. It wasn't really that bad at first, but slowly over about a year and a half, it got worse. The brake pedal was beginning to get pretty close to the floor so I checked the pads and decided to change them, while in the process, I could get the rotors turned as well. Never had a problem with anything up to this point. Well, I went ahead and bled the rear two calipers, so I could get a little more braking power, but it didn't help much. Ok, so I started with the front pads. Easy enough, my brother in law told me to open up the bleeder valve on the caliper when I compress the plunger, so from what I can recall, I did. First the driver side pads. Ok did those. Now this is maybe what my mistake was. After I did the left front. I didn't exactly get to the other side, immediately. After the drivers side pads were installed, I drove the vehicle, and didn't do the other side till the next afternoon. Ok so I did the other side. Ok finished the front pads. Seems to brake a little better but not nearly as much brake as I should have. (No, I didn't get the rotors turned at this time, I figured I will do them in a few days.) With that done, I didn't have time to do the rears until a few weeks later. I finally got to the rear brakes and did those, but this time, I don't think I opened the bleeders. After these are done, I noticed that my braking power hasn't changed hardly at all. The next night, I had a buddy help me bleed all the way around, and the master cylinder. No change. At this point, my pedal is going all the way to the floor. Finally, it got to the point where I had no brake at all. So here I sit. I hope that's enough information. And no, I am not losing any fluid by way of leakage or anything else. The M C is still full.
Thanks for all the input. Dealer says contanimated brake fluid. $3000.00 to rebuild the brake system! That just tells me, they don't know what's wrong with it either. I attached the OBD code reader and it didn't come up with any error codes except a ph1401 or something having to do with emissions.
Sorry about the lengthy post. :|
Friday, February 15th, 2008 AT 12:22 AM