2003 Explorer, Rear Brakes problem

Tiny
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Hello, I recently replaced my rear brake calipers and right rear brake hose (was in a time crunch and the left rear hose was a dealer only item that couldn't be delivered for 3 days) and am having a problem getting the brakes back the way they were before I started messing with them. I am having a real hard time getting a good firm pedal.

I read through the archives and fund this post that I believe is somewhat similar:

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Question: 2002 Ford Explorer 4x4 mileage: 50,000. For the past year or so I have be plagued with rapid front Disc pad wear. This week I replaced the front calipers & pads, also replaced the rear wheel cylinders and did a complete brake fluid bleed. I notice when driving that the front brakes are getting "smoking hot" while the rear drums can be touched and barely feel warm. I adjusted the rear shoes correctly, but still the front pads are getting "very" hot. Where should I be looking next? Is there something that is not allowing the rear brakes to do their share of the work? Help.

Answer: Your brake problem is probably caused by a rear anti-lock brake valve, which is not working properly and holding back the pressure.

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Also, when bleeding the front brakes, we would push the pedal down, open the bleeder, the pedal would sink to the floor, and then we would close off the bleeder. We did the same for the rear brakes, but when we opened the bleeder, fluid came out but the pedal didn't go to the floor like it did with the front brakes. Is this an issue with the rear ABS valve? If so, what can I do to fix it. Thanks!

Allan
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Monday, August 27th, 2007 AT 8:38 AM

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Tiny
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There is no indicator light on the dash that is lighting up.

First we gravity bled the rear brakes and then we bled the brakes in the order right rear, left rear, right front, left front.

We replaced the rear calipers because the right rear was locking up. We first noticed this when the car had a really strong smell and felt that the right rear wheelwell was extremely hot. I then took the car in to get checked out at a local brake shop and they quoted me an outrageous $750 to replace the rear calipers and hoses. When they took of and replaced the pads that the right rear had significant wear and that it appeared the right rear was the only one with problems.

The car has about 63,000 miles on it.

Yes, the fluid does squirt out of the rear bleeder valves just like the front.

Let me know if there is any more info you need. Thanks!
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Monday, August 27th, 2007 AT 9:46 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, I thought we did a pretty thorough job myself, and thats why this is really bothering me. We did keep fluid in the master cylinder all the while. Do you have any idea why when we were bleeding the rears that the pedal wouldn't go all the way to the floor like it did on the fronts? I'm so confused.
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 AT 8:26 AM
Tiny
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Also Guys make sure there are no leaks. Lines are tight, and the right cal is on the right wheel, I've seen them hung wrong. Make sure the bleeder is on the top!
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Thursday, August 30th, 2007 AT 3:44 PM
Tiny
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Doh! How could I be so foolish! I put the calipers on the wrong sides!

Man, I just feel silly right about now.

Thanks for th input everyone, and I will let you know how they work as soon as I get them switched back around.
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 AT 2:46 PM
Tiny
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I told you I've seen mechanics do it!
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Gunny!
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Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 AT 6:08 PM
Tiny
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You guys are great! They work perfectly now. I sure am glad that I didn't end up paying that $750 bill.

This is the first time that I have used this website and I must say that I am very glad that I have found it, though I only wish I had found it sooner. My last car was a 94 Thunderbird, and it was a total POS. I was always having problems with it that I ended up having to fix. This website would have been a huge help had I known about it back then. Thanks again for all of your help!

Allan
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