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A buddy of mine went to back up one day in his Ranger and his rear left tire was leaking brake fluid heavily. We parked it, jacked it up, removed the wheel, and discovered the wheel cylinder was so heavily corroded it had basically just fallen apart.

The shoes and springs were all in similar condition, so I went ahead and purchased all new shoes, the spring kit, and pads for the front disks, as well as new bolts and pins for the calipers, new bolts for the brake lines, and new bleeders (the front calipers bleeder valves needed a desk mounted clamp to unscrew).

After replacing everything I bled the brakes, starting with the back right tire and moving my way closer to the master cylinder from furthest line to shortest and everything worked fine.

I went to start the car and the pressure was immediately lost. I'm not very sure why this has happened and any help would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: the car cannot go into P. The shift linkage is broken, and makes it impossible to access 1st and P. So it's in N with the parking brake off when I bleed it.

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    keep bleeding... – cory Sep 28 '16 at 20:03
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    Make sure to keep filling the fluid reservoir as you bleed. Otherwise you will be fighting an unending battle. – CharlieRB Sep 28 '16 at 20:10
  • You may have to bleed the master cylinder. Which is annoying by hand, worth picking up a $10 vacuum bleeder at Horrible Freight. Also make sure that the rear brake shoes are actually making contact with the drums. – DJSpud Sep 29 '16 at 15:18
  • When the car is in N and I have the back wheels off and I'm looking at the drum should the axlel be able to freely rotate ? Or should it be firm and hard to rotate and also hard to get the drum off? – Robbie Middaugh Sep 29 '16 at 16:26
  • I thought the 'classic' drum adjustment was to take it until it locks then back it off 2 clicks. The 'pressure lost' when starting the car is due to the vacuum assist. it just makes the pedal easier to press. You can do a search on my posts for different bleeding methods. – rpmerf Sep 29 '16 at 20:46

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