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Old 08-03-2019, 12:57 PM   #1
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Actually I do have a small amount of brake. I just had a near collision with some idiot who was not watching the road. I slammed on my brakes and eventually the car stopped. I have anti lock brakes in this 2007 Focus. When I went to use my brakes again the pedal went nearly to the floor. I drove home and checked the fluid and had to add some. Went back in the car with the engine off and it seemed to be okay. Then I started the engine and the pedal goes nearly to the floor and I hear this hissing noise. Pump pump pump hiss hiss hiss. Will not build up pressure. Turn the engine off and it builds up pressure but not like it was before my near collision. Any ideas on what the problem is ? I don't see any leaks of liquid inside at the firewall or in the engine compartment. Need to check my wheels but it was raining and still wet so I have to wait until things dry.

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Old 08-03-2019, 01:22 PM   #2
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Me again, I think I found the problem or part of it. The right front wheel is leaking tons of brake fluid. As if the line came off the caliper. My reservior is almost dry. What he heck happened. Apply the brakes hard and the wheel blows up. Need to wait for this weather to clear to get under there and check things out. I can't find any power booster unless it's hidden behind the master cylinder in the firewall. I've got my owner's manual out checking to see what I actually have.

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Old 08-03-2019, 02:02 PM   #3
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Update,

The right front hose was blown when I pushed down on the brakes. The rubber was rotted. 2007. 12 year old car, rubber is shot. Check your lines !!!! Just as well it happened when it did and not when it really mattered. I was only doing 25. Cheap Chinese rubber. Guess I better change all of them. You should too or else.
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The right front hose was blown when I pushed down on the brakes. The rubber was rotted. 2007. 12 year old car, rubber is shot. Check your lines !!!! Just as well it happened when it did and not when it really mattered. I was only doing 25. Cheap Chinese rubber. Guess I better change all of them. You should too or else.

Unless your ZX4 has rear disc brakes it wont have hoses in the rear. Brake hoses on ANY vehicle should be inspected annually (or more often). Brake fluid level in the reservoir (which will tell you if you have a leak) should be checked monthly.

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Old 08-03-2019, 08:33 PM   #5
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Unless your ZX4 has rear disc brakes it wont have hoses in the rear. Brake hoses on ANY vehicle should be inspected annually (or more often). Brake fluid level in the reservoir (which will tell you if you have a leak) should be checked monthly.

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Yes, check those hoses every year at least. Even the steel lines in the back. I think that steel is made in China too. I recently restored a 65 Chevelle with original brake lines and not one of the rubber or the steel lines leaked. Just one blown wheel cylinder in the back. Times change and so does the quality of the materials used. Live and learn. Good thing it happend close to home and the speed was low and due to my excellent reaction time and my extraordinary driving skills averted a disaster. Disaster being my insurance rates would have gone up even though it wasn't my fault. Thanks for writing. Lets hope my problem is just those front hoses.
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How does the rear brake if a drum get past the rear suspension working up and down, all metal line won't work there.

Hint: Rock Auto shows rear flexible rubber brake hoses for drum rear there, they are a little shorter than the disc lines are.
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I had to edit my response. Yes, there are two more rubber hoses in the back with fittings. So there are four hoses plus those other pieces of hose that are spliced into the steel lines. Lots of places for trouble for sure. Need to check all that rubber for wear and cracks.

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@1943 You sound knowledgeable so please let me ask you about my brake problem.
I had to replace all the components in my brake system except booster and ABS module. The previous owner suffered a catastrophic brake failure and basically gave me the car to fix up. FL and RR won't bleed, only a trickle comes out. Any ideas?
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