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Brake Problem

Vehicle: 94 Ford Ranger 4-cyl
Symptoms: Splashy break pedal and dashboard emergency brake light on.

i started by bleeding the lines and that did not seem to solve the problem. When i started the vehicle and pressed the brake it would stall the vehicle so i replaced the brake booster. It stopped the stall problem, but the brakes are still non-existant. Might it be the master cylinder? Do i need to bleed the lines again after installing the brake booster?

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Vehicle: 94 Ford Ranger 4-cyl
Symptoms: Splashy break pedal and dashboard emergency brake light on.

i started by bleeding the lines and that did not seem to solve the problem. When i started the vehicle and pressed the brake it would stall the vehicle so i replaced the brake booster. It stopped the stall problem, but the brakes are still non-existant. Might it be the master cylinder? Do i need to bleed the lines again after installing the brake booster?

Any ideas?

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If your not loosing any fluid and given your brake warning light is on its more than likely the Master Cylinder.However, I would recommend pulling the wheels and drums to conduct a thorough inspection.
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I have now replaced the master cyl, brake booster, front left caliper(i stripped the bleed valve so it was cheaper to just get a new caliper) and I bled the lines 2 times, the first time, there was minimal air in the lines, the second time there seemed to be no air in the lines. I took the car around the block super slow and the brakes never worked, but i did realize that the power steering was out. I dont think that would have anything to do with the brakes though would it?

If i continuously press the brake in while the car is running, as it cycles out, the car will choke and want to stall, i replaced the booster because of this issue(stalling when i held the petal to the floor). any ideas?
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I opened up the back right brake drum and... the tensioning bolt had fallen out. I have not replaced the internals of the brake yet, but I am curious if this issue would cause my total brake system to fail and have a splashy brake pedal. I just cant beleive that 1 issue with a rear brake would cause the entire system to go out? hopefully this fixes the problem.
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I opened up the back right brake drum and... the tensioning bolt had fallen out.
Are you referring to the adjuster mechanism?
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Yes i beleive so.
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"adjusting screw"
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"adjusting screw"
You wont be able to conduct any further diagnosis until this is repaired. If you've operated the truck, it more than likely has scored the drum as well. With this part missing, the brake shoes will not properly energize on application and may allow one of the wheel cylinder pistons to pop out or shoe hold down pin to shear causing catastrophic lose of your brake system and or that wheel to lock up.
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