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Old 10-23-2016, 12:46 PM
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I realize this thread is for the 2nd generation Dakotas, but I'm having a similar issue with my '91 Dakota. Yesterday morning on my way to work the emergency brake/brake warning light started coming on by itself, then would go out when I applied the brakes. It did the same thing going home and again this morning. The brake pedal feels normal, however the truck has a slight pull to the right when I hit the brakes. I haven't had a chance yet to check into the problem, but the first thing I'm going to look at is the front right caliper. But what I'm wondering; if the caliper is sticking, causing the pull to the right, would that also cause the brake warning light to come on? Or do I have two seperate issues? And a little history regarding the truck; the front brakes (rotors, calipers and pads, along with the wheel bearings) where replaced a little over two years ago and the rear brakes (shoes only) where replaced a little over a year ago. The truck gets driven less than 5,000 miles a year, so I feel confident that none of the brake components are worn out. Unless one of the rear wheel cylinders is leaking, but I would think I would notice that in the way of a soft brake pedal. And the truck doesn't have ABS.


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Old 10-23-2016, 07:47 PM
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Well, I found the problem. There is some sort of valve (proportioning valve maybe?) mounted to the frame almost directly under the front seat that is leaking. I can't tell if it's the valve itself or one of the brake lines. The fun never ends!!!!
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:50 PM
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Got home from work and checked further, and the leak is from the long steel brake line that runs the length of the truck, to another valve mounted above the rear axle. Looks like I know what I'll be doing tomorrow after work and/or Tuesday on my day off......
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Hello, and Thank you for letting me join this sight, been on here a lot , just now joining. Here is my predicament.
Went out of town for 3 days, leaving truck sit on a pretty good incline, with nose going down incline. Upon returning jumped in truck, and headed to town, about a mile down road, ABS and Brake light came on, and brakes got a little spongy, by the time i got back home, brakes were awful spongy. Brakes needed replaced. Replaced front and rear brakes, Which upon passengers side E-Brake cable was broke. Replaced everything on rear except, wheel cylinders. Brakes not quite as spongy as before, but still not real good. Have checked for leaks, finding nothing, brake level in resorvoir never drops, any thoughts would be appreciated.
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