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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Brake Blues!

I was in a pickle the other day. I was out for a drive with a friend of mine and pulled into a coffee shop, when I went to leave I put my foot on the brake and the peddle went right to the floor after I had pulled it into gear. There I was rolling towards some poor defenceless car, talk about a bad feeling. To keep things short nothing happened and I got my truck stopped but I thought I should bring this up with other OBS Ford lovers out there on the importance of keeping tabs on the condition of the hard brake lines of our "Daily Driven" trucks. I was lucky, will you be?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-30-2009, 12:31 PM
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Glad you got the truck stopped and nobody was hurt. That sounds like the master cylinder failed to me.
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nope it was the lines. Gotta remember they are metal and they do rust out. Replaced mine last year

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Had to do mine last year as well. Not bad for a 16 year old truck I guess, but the only lines that are original are the front ones from the master to the front flex lines (all 3 flex lines are new), and the rear one from the master to the ABS module in the frame rail (has a ABS module in the frame for the rear brakes, but none for the front). The hard line from the module to the back rotted out a few years back, then I ended up replacing the lines on the rear axle with those wire wrapped heavy ones to protect them from rocks and such.

You also have to watch for wheel cylinders if you have rear drums, I always have issues with those and now just replace them every time I do the brakes (try to do them every 2 - 3 years at least). LR

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little more of a problem out east,just remember to check them at least once a year.

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