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Old 08-13-2004, 03:45 AM   #1
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Today was the first time i ever messed with putting new brake pads on my baby and I did everything right(to my knowledge and that of the haynes manual). I did the front but stopped before starting on my rear brakes because the piston isn't pushing the pad in at all. I pushed the piston back enough to get the calipers back on, refilled lost fluid and probably pressed the brake peddle 1000 times by now yet the front brakes still dont work. Seeing as how its been my first time with brakes(as with lots of things on this car) I was wondering if anyone had advice or tips on how to resolve the issue.
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Did you start the car and then push the pedal?
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Sounds like air is in the system;or busted accumulator.
On ABS brake systems you were supposed to pump the brake pedal numerous times to discharge pressure in the brake accumulator(keeps pressure up thoughout the brake system), then you can remove the pads and push in the caliper pistons. If you did not do that you can experiance the problems you are having. Thats properly why you couldn't push the piston back in all the way.
You should first bleed the system, if you can get hold of a power brake bleeder use that, if bleeding the system dosen't fix it, you might have to get a new accumulator.
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Agreed. Try bleeding the system to make sure all air is out of it. Just make sure that as you bleed it you keep the resevoir full so you don't add more air to the system.
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Cool thanks for the input. I can find a power brake bleeder at any local auto parts store correct?
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Yup, most parts stores willl have auto and manual type bleeders available. They aren't very expensive either.
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