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Old 07 Oct 2014, 01:59 pm
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Default Wheel cylinder pt cruiser

I noticed the brakes dont work like there suppose to.. someone told me to go drive down the road really slow and lift up on the ebrake really slow. i got back to the house and realized i had no back brakes. theres oil coming out the passenger side rear. Is it possible for an ebrake to cause all this? or was there something going on too begin with that finally let go?

Oh and btw this is all on a 2006 pt cruiser.

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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:03 pm
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id say your rear break cylender is bad and leaking which is why you ahve no rear breaks they are actually pretty cheap and not to hard to rteplace all id say for sure is to get several cans of Berryman Break Clean and clean they up really nice replace the shoes replace the cylender and you should be good to go
I dont think the E Break could blow out a cylender
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:04 pm
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It's not the emergency brake.

If you have oil (brake fluid) coming out from behind the rear wheel then you have a leaking wheel cylinder.

This needs to be fixed soon. Modern master cylinders have two chambers and use a proportioning valve. This helps the front brakes still function when pressure is lost in the rear. But they don't work well. And once enough fluid is lost, you will have no breaks at all. It's better not to drive the PT until you get this fixed.

However, on a positive note this would be the perfect time to consider a "Handy" upgrade:

The Handy Rear Disc Brake Upgrade
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:26 pm
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I was sitting here thinking pulling up a bit on the ebrake caused the wheel cylinder to go out.. but maybe i was wrong.
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:33 pm
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I was sitting here thinking pulling up a bit on the ebrake caused the wheel cylinder to go out.. but maybe i was wrong.
That was just to test the rear brakes, but you could have also done it sitting in your driveway. Won't hurt anything.
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:50 pm
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You had the problem already. You just didn't push the limits as much or even look for it before. Could be a combo of things. Some times brakes don't self adjust due to corrosion. But even if it's just worn out and the leak. You will need to replace the shoes and the wheel cylinders. All relatively easy if the line doesn't twist while removing the line nut. Spray it well in advance to help when you do the work.
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 02:50 pm
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The emergency brake is not hydraulic but cable actuated. If you pull up on the handle and you get no brakes either the cable is needing to be adjusted or your have no brake shoes or pads at all. Even if you the brake material were worn to the metal the e-bake would still create drag if only metal to metal brake parts.
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Old 07 Oct 2014, 03:55 pm
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when my rear wheel cylinder was leaking, my fluid got low and my pedal hit the floor. it was very exciting!
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