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2000 Ford Focus breaks aren't working


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jamesmacdermaid
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Jan 25, 2015, 10:36 PM

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So about 3 weeks ago I bought a 2000 ford focus and got the last 3 weeks off drove it with the break light on, then today I was driving and had to turn around and grab my husband's car because my breaks were not working fast, they've been spongy since I bought it but while I was breaking earlier today, I slammrd on the brakes and my rear passenger tire squealed and the other 3 almost didn't feel like they were breaking. When I got home there was no brake fluid, so I filled up the brake fluid and pumped my breaks a million times and it still feels like only one tire is slowing my vehicle down and when I filled the reservoir from empty it barely took any it felt like, and the brakes still aren't working right!! Help please!


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 25, 2015, 11:58 PM

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May I ask why you are surprised? You bought it with a warning and brakes failed - really!


Don't drive this car at all till it's all fixed and may take a lot. No telling but at least it leaks somewhere or brakes so worn the fluid went that low.


One wheel locking can suggest that one may be wet or so badly worn it's jamming up?


Needs total inspect and too late to do so BEFORE you bought it. If you can cancel that sale about now I would.


Seems it's so neglected that you can expect an all inclusive 4 wheel brake job - all wearing parts new at the age + you didn't say miles AND making sure ABS is operational as it really shouldn't lock up a wheel like that and may be more costly than the wearing parts job alone!


So, tow it and get a total inspection all four wheels, parking brake system included. This sounds so bad the master cylinder from being empty and pumping the hell out of it probably gave out too so expect an extensive job. No choice, you MUST be able to stop. Ask for a quote up front and decide if you want to keep this car or not, it could be (can't know) very costly.


Hey - check out vehicles before you buy them not after. Warning was on when you bought it and ignored so no telling what else in the whole vehicle has just been ignored either to me,


T



jamesmacdermaid
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Jan 26, 2015, 12:06 AM

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I don't think it's that bad, my brother is taking a look tomorrow. Drove it about a mile an hour ago and as long as I braked slowly I got down from 45


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 26, 2015, 12:35 AM

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I'm up late so will post a check list off the top of my head for your brother to check if he's able to even check all this never mind do it if needed. Quit driving this except for safe area testing please! You may not care but this is weapon to others the way it is by your description.


Checks with all four wheels off:


* Rotors, pads, calipers and flex hoses at each wheel.
* Parking brake cables and operation.
* The leak likely known would be obvious with those checks but look right at master cylinder and ABS parts and lines along the route to each wheel as well.
* Make sure power assist is working properly too.
* ABS if that was either THE warning or one of two it should have. ABS warning lights are usually yellow and should mean whatever is wrong at best you have just ordinary braking action till that's tended to either simple or very involved.


* RED warnings lights in general never mind for brakes mean don't run or drive the car!


* Ask your brother if one end or the other seems mostly fine to check on bleeders just enough to know they will work and not snap off after any work done they'll need to.


* Brake booster. May want to check that you can tell or feel some power assist after some pumping of the pedal with engine off it should regain some feel when engine started. Check hose to it for fluid too in this case.


Sorry this is all upon you and that it's right when you just got it. Hope it's doable and not as bad as I can smell on a screen but not too hopeful and no matter what the heck works and is great about this car the brakes must work properly.


Hope not but if a total mess of worn items this could be a couple or more thousand bucks! When your brother checks it and makes a list of what is seen you can go to popular parts outlet places on line and check out prices of the parts,


T



nickwarner
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Jan 27, 2015, 3:08 AM

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I don't think it's that bad, my brother is taking a look tomorrow. Drove it about a mile an hour ago and as long as I braked slowly I got down from 45


So I guess as long as little kids not paying attention and other people on the road doing something dumb go about it slowly then all is good.

When you have to slowly work at it to bring a car that weighs maybe a ton to a stop from just 45 miles an hour that is a car too dangerous to be on the road. If it doesn't stop in the same way it way designed to do when it was new you have no business driving it anywhere. Can you afford the funeral for someone else who died because of a couple hundred bucks worth of brake repair?

Your engine staying running is negotiable. Your seat reclining to just the right spot is negotiable. Your radio and air conditioning are negotiable. Your brakes are not in any sense of the word negotiable ever under any circumstances short of a zombie apocalypse.

Do not drive this on a public road until it is fully and properly repaired.


Discretesignals
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Jan 27, 2015, 5:11 AM

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg66kwRnOpw





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