Need to replace the right rear wheel cylinder.

It is uses a can of brake fluid a day and now the Brakes are starting to smoke after driving more than 8 miles. Is it 8 or 9 inch?WhAt tools do I need?And is their a step by step walk thru?

My car has 250000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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If you haven’t replaced a brake wheel cylinder before, you might want to do one of two things. First, contact your local Dodge dealership or search online for a service repair manual for your 1989 Dodge Dakota. This should give you the precise step-by-step instructions for completing this task specifically for your vehicle. Second, if you don’t choose that option, contact a professional mechanic to complete your brake wheel cylinder replacement.

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Some people think that if you have one bad wheel cylinder, you should replace them both. While this isn`t a bad idea, it`s not necessary. You can just replace one wheel cylinder if it`s leaking. Another common misconception is that you need to remove the brake shoes to replace a wheel cylinder.
If any of the wheel cylinders fail, it can affect the pressure of the system which, in turn, reduces the brake system`s ability to slow the vehicle. A vehicle with poor brake response will be significantly harder to stop, especially in heavy braking situations, making an accident more likely.
Wheel cylinders don`t fail often, but if one goes bad, the matching pair is likely not too far behind it in wear and tear. That`s why it`s always better to be proactive and replace both.
The rear wheel cylinders should be interchangeable with the front wheel cylinders. The drum set in the rear should be exactly the same as the front. If you are unsure then remove a wheel cylinder from the front and match it up with one from the rear – they should be the same.
Make sure the drums are smooth, and the brake shoes are evenly worn and not too thin. If either the drums or brake shoes are pitted or have deep grooves, you need to service them. Next, check the wheel cylinders. If either the wheel cylinders or pistons look wet, it`s a sign they are leaking and need to be replaced.
Since you removed the brake lines and the brake wheel cylinder does not have brake fluid inside, you`ll have to bleed the brake system.
Use a screwdriver to press and hold the plunger in the rear of the master cylinder. The plunger should be very firm, if not immovable, past a few millimeters. If the plunger keeps moving in, this indicates a fault of at least one of the internal seals.
Can I Drive With a Leaking Rear Wheel Cylinder? No. It`s unsafe to drive a vehicle with a wheel cylinder leak. You depend on the brake system to stop your vehicle.
Simply put, having more car engine cylinders means having more pistons, which will produce more power. Performance cars and trucks tend to go with a V6, the “V” indicating the shape of the cylinder arrangement on the engine. When it comes to 4 cylinder vs 6 cylinder gas mileage, the 4 cylinder models tend to win out.
Both wheel cylinders fit on the wrong side. So what`s the point of labeling or designing one for a particular side? The difference between the RH and LH wheel cylinders is the direction the bleeder screws point. If you can still get at the bleeder screws for the wheel cylinders I`d leave them where they are.
The smaller cylinder will have two effects if you install two new ones. The pedal travel will be a bit shorter since the volume of fluid the MC moves with each increment of travel will not change if the same size as stock MC is retained. Since the WC are smaller, less pedal travel will result.
A: Brake fluid leaks are often caused by a worn seal in the master cylinder, caliper, or wheel cylinder. If you suspect your car is leaking brake fluid, call a tow truck to take your vehicle to a service provider for a brake fluid inspection. Brake fluid leaks can lead to total brake system failure.
If you fail to replace your brake fluid, the moisture content leads to internal rusting that will deteriorate the cylinder bore leaving holes. Worn piston seals made out of rubber will wear out and become brittle due to age. A cracked piston seal will allow fluid to leak past the pistons.
Wheel cylinders should be rebuilt or replaced in pairs. Even if only one is leaking, it`s advisable to rebuild or replace both sides. If you find that only one is rebuildable, it`s OK to rebuild the one and replace the other with a new cylinder.
The average cost to replace your Wheel Cylinder is $108 – $136. Pricing may vary based on the type of car you have, as well as the type of (and quality) auto shop that you go to.
There shouldn`t be much trouble driving, unless the problem cylinder has the brake locked to the drum. Otherwise, stopping could be problematic. I would advise getting the cylinder repaired before attempting to drive.

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