Squeshy brakes


Asked by May 09, 2016 at 09:11 PM about the 1994 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1st- bad Radiator change. My hoses were all
squeshy, I figured he'd tell me he's gotta change
em. Pick it up, on the way home the brakes were
bad. Got home, opened hood, no brake fluid, never
had a leak before or after. Overflow tank, still
brown shit. Cleaned that out myself. Still had to fill
my Antifreeze every other day. Funny thing. I
bought a new Radiator Cap. Perfect. No idea why
he had to go near the brake fluid other than finding
out his best friend hates me. I filled the Brake fluid.
Soon enough, I got squeshy brakes. There was
moisture under the front calipers and stuff. I
figured I just needed to bleed the brakes. The car
would turn over for just enough time, so I could put
it in neutral for the flatbed. Different shop, I told
them, you first have to jump the battery, have 1
person turn on ignition, the other needs to push
down automatic release, to get into neutral. This is
how we got it on the flatbed. Shop calls me.
Special test to see what's wrong, gonna need to
use it for maybe 3 or 4 hours, and still might not
know what's wrong. $100.00 an hour and he said
they've already tried to figure out, so I already owe
them $100. I told em I'm gonna pick it back up. Got
there, they're telling me 5 of Em couldn't get it in
neutral just to move the car. They also said that I
could get $300 or $500.00 to junk it.flatbed comes,
I turn ignition, he puts it in neutral and we push it to
where the flatbed has best access. They said the
emergency brake has been on for years and now
it's stuck and the wheels won't move now. Wheels
moved fine getting it on towtruck. Got home,
looked under hood, no antifreeze, they never even
tried to use Liquid Wench in my corroded Self
Diagnostic under the hood. Funny part. Fuses gone
now- 20A(radio, interior lights, etc.) Fuel pump
fuse, Eng Main Fr Def #1. I want to see a picture of
underneath the brake. Found some parts and put
them on. There is a red covered wiring coming out
of floor towards brake. Just frayed and free going
towards brake. What would you do? Just get more
fuses and find someone else to bleed my Brakes. I
released my Emergency Brake to move it on and
off towtruck. Appreciate any advice, thanks guys,
Michele Abramo (you think they just saw a girl

8 Answers

Tom Demyan

That was a long read, wheew. Sounds like you have multiple issues, that could cost hundreds to repair. Leaking by the brakes and squishy is not safe. Sounds like you need new brake hoses, maybe calipers. Then you have an antifreeze leak and now multiple fuse issues and frayed wiring? Either you take the car to a new mechanic to sort it all out or find another car. Not sure I would waste more money, at least a couple more hundred $$$ , then what else is failing on the car, on an old Camry.

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Bob Beaman

I would just have it crushed!

Best Answer

Thanks Tom. That's why I was just towing it home. No matter what I do, the car will still only be worth 50 cents. Radiator cap fixed my leaking radiator already.the wiring was completely new,courtesy of the shop, first and only wiring i have ever seen exposed.I don't know why they said the wheels were locked, when they weren't, said I couldn't put it into neutral, which I did. I thought outside moisture meant outside problem, like just bleeding the brakes, air had to have gotten in, when I filled the Brake fluid. I have no possible way to get a new car. The only fuse issue is the ones that disappeared from the shop. If you wanted to try and diagnosis the problem, wouldn't you first look under the hood, at the car diagnostic tool? If it had corrosion, just spray the non corrosion spray?

Tom Demyan

Hard for me to say without being there. Like I said, sounds like your mechanic is not the best. If you can't afford a new car, find a local shop that has a reputation, not a chain, and have them go over the car top to bottom to give you a list of repairs an costs, then determine where to start and chip away at them one at at time till you have a safe vehicle to drive. HTH's.


Thank-you Tom. Not sure if you are aware of Bob. I can't take the check for best answer off, and it won't let me put it on yours. BEST ANSWER !!!!!!!!!!

Bob Beaman

LOL, Thanks!




LMAO Bob !!!!

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