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Old 05-11-2007, 10:47 PM   #1
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hey guys i changed my pads for the first time my self on my 97sabre with some new top of the line pads from partsource. a
fter i install them my brake peddle feels softer now and i dont like it what could it be?
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most of the time a soft pedal is a sign of air in the lines... could it be possible that you got air in your break lines? maybe its work bleeding them and seeing if it still is soft or not?
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Soft pedal = air in lines.

Bleed the brakes.
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Ive noticed with my alero, every time I change the front brake pads the pedal is soft for a short time while the pad wears into the rotor and seats itself

and yes I have bled the brakes on the car
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thats what i have been told it is. the pads just need to settle on the rotors
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Moved to 92-99.

Please don't post mechanical topics in General Chat.
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I agree that you need to bleed the brakes. Also, check the adjustment of the rear drums. If they're not adjusting properly, you'll get a pedal that feels spongy and/or will go further towards the floor before brakes start to work. Take the rear wheels off, and spin the drums. There should be a slight drag from the rear shoes. Does your emergency brake hold at one or two clicks? If it has to click 7 or 8 times or more to hold, the rears are probably out of adjustment.
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no you have to put the ebrake peddle to the floor to get it to lock thats one this i now know i need to do. I will have to bleed the brakes then i guess
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I can't decipher what you just posted.

Is your problem with the brakes, or the e-brake?
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I was replying back to BonnevillesSince62 about how many clicks it takes my ebrake to lock the rear tires. I have to put it to the floor, and I know I have to adjust them now. I also have to bleed the brake system and maybe that will help make my peddle less soft
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