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My brakes= Broken

Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and Id like to take a minute just sit right there ill tell you how I became the prince of a town called bel-air. Do do doot ding!

Well heres what happened. My brakes are screwed up. I push the pedal down and it goes all the way to the floor, i was like wats up with this crap? I can stop, but the pedal has to be near the floor. So i go home and check the resivour, MAN THERES NO FLUID IN THERE! So i get out the crappy DOT 3 Brake fluid that was in there and pour some more in. Then i drive it around, still no brake pedal, and i come home and MAN THERES NO FLUID IN THERE! So i just put some more fluid in there. Now, the fluid stays in there, except i still dont have a brake pedal. If i pump the pedal lots, it gets all nice and stiff, but as soon as i let off it, it goes crappy again. Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To settle my throne as the prince of bel-air! CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME PLEASE
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Sounds like you have some serious air in the lines - bleed those bad boys!
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oo thats what my friend said, i hope Haynes has some thing about bleeding brakes, because if not, man im screwed! Also, which type of brake fluid should i get. It is an 86 N/a.
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If there's no fluid in the reservoir you have a leak. Bleeding the brakes is wasting your time and is potentially dangerous. Find the leak and fix it, then bleed the brakes. Sounds like the master cylinder has failed.

Never "bleed the brakes" air does not enter the system on it's own.
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OK, I have to ask, what did you pay for this car?
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payed 3000, there is fluid in the resivour, it is all in there now. I guess air enetered in there from fluid not being in the resivour.
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I guess air enetered in there from fluid not being in the resivour.
But where did the fluid go?

Sounds like a leak to me. Even when your brake pads wear completely there is still enough fluid in the resivour to keep from letting air in the system.

Check your lines bro. Check the master.

Be safe friend.
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I'd have to think for your fluid level to drop from full to empty on a single drive, you'd have to have a big leak [deduced with my limited mental wherewithal].

Perhaps (someone correct me if needed) fill the reservoir with fluid, and have a friend start hitting the brakes while you look under the car for fluid leaks. (The car is parked during this ). That's where I would start until someone says otherwise.

Also, I would NOT drive the car until this is fixed. Brakes are important for stopping.
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Yeah, but dude, there is fluid in the resivour. Right now, its full.
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Oh- you've driven it and used the brakes and the fluid didn't drop? If that's the case, I'm stumped
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Yeah, its full! ive driven it a lot since i filled it up again. I still dont have the brakes back to normal though. If i knew how to bleed the brakes i would try that.
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The fluid in there isnt clear though, when i poured it in it was clear, but now its all brown and foul. It looks pretty gross.
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check out clarks-garage.com for an easy how-to on the procedure. On par with changing the oil in terms of difficulty.
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Definitely flush your brake fluid system. Invest in a speed-bleeding machine, or a pump bleeder or get a friend and a 6-pack of beer to help you.

Get an instruction manual, too. It's too much wording for me to type up...
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