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Brake fluid is not coming out when i open the bleeder at the rear wheel on 89 ford tempo

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Good day Robert W73, there should be a metal pipe leading from the master cyclinder to the rear wheels and to the front wheels. Try loosening the pipe on the master cylinder and pump the brakes. It might be that there is an air lock in the master cylinder. By loosening this pipe the air forsing the brake fluid back will be released. As soon as the clean brake fluid comes out of the pipe tighten the pipe again and pump the brakes. Then step on the brake pedal and hold it in, while the brake pedal is depressed open the bleeding nipple and close it again. Repeat this procedure till you have clean brake fluid comming out of the bleeding nipple. Just remember to bleed all the wheels starting at the wheel furthest from the master cylinder and working your way to the closest wheel.

I hope this helps. If it does not help you might need to replace the seals on the inside of the master cylinder or you will have to replace the master cylinder itself as there might be pit marks on the inside causing the hydraulic fluid to bypass the seals.

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    For vehicles equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), please refer to the ABS bleeding procedure at the end of this section.
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