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96 dodge intrepid non abs rear drum brakes won't bleed after

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96 dodge intrepid non abs rear drum brakes won't bleed after repairing broken brake line, front brakes ok.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

Hi Im David. take the bleeder all the way off. see if you get fluid.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
did that and cleaned bleeder to make sure it wasn't clogged, no fluid. Have front brakes but have to pump a couple of times to get more pedal. does dodge have have a valve in block to shut off failed side like GM? if so how do you re-center it?
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

is there a union in the line that you can disconnect?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
already tried that, but still no fluid. Did that to eliminate possibility of swollen rubber hoses.
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

yep. theres a proportioning valve for the rear brakes.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I have both rear brake lines coming from proportioning valve and no fluid in either line, is there a reset procedure?
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

no. theres no reset procedure. its a mechanical valve. let me look up something.

Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

there is a test for the proportioning block but you need brake pressure gauges

Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

disconnect the lines at the valve.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I replaced the rear brake lines from the the valve, no fluid.
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

if no fluid is coming out of the valve then its bad.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
how does both rear brake lines fail at the same time and both front brake lines are ok? looks like rear brakes are dependent on fluid getting to front brakes then to rear brakes. right front/left rear and left front/right rear
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
car is 7 1/2 miles from where i am at present, won't be able to do anything till tomorrow.
Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

yes the rear brakes are independent from the fronts

Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

thats why you have a split master cylinder

Expert:  david craig replied 9 months ago.

just checking in to see how its going