View Full Version : problems with front brake pads

07-13-2009, 07:16 PM
i replaced my front brake pads. i followed the instructions that i found online. excpet that i didnt bleed the system right after i pushed the piston back. i bled it after i was done. now my pedal travels all the way down the first two or three times i pump it. help please.

.Mad Hatter.
07-13-2009, 07:21 PM
every time you pump it, or just the first time you got in the car?

07-13-2009, 07:34 PM
you don't have to bleed the brakes but i hope you have the reservoir cap open when you pushed the piston in. also it's normal, you just need to sit there and pump the crap out of it until it gets back to normal. you're leg will get tired so switch up.

07-13-2009, 07:36 PM
like the first 2 or 3 times then it seems to get back to normal. if i turn the car off and on again the same thing happens

07-13-2009, 07:37 PM
no i didnt take the cap off. what do i do know. i took the wheels off and check i had made any mistake but everything seemed right.

07-13-2009, 07:57 PM
You might have damaged the master. It will happen though not very often. Try bleeding them, but if it doesn't work then replace the master cylinder.

07-13-2009, 08:01 PM
i bled the front ones only. should i bleed the rear ones also?

07-13-2009, 08:04 PM
Sure why not. It takes 15 seconds

07-13-2009, 08:05 PM
how do i do the rear ones? i look for a nipple like the one on the front ones but couldnt find it.

07-13-2009, 10:33 PM
bleed the whole system.

07-13-2009, 10:36 PM
how do i do the rear ones? i look for a nipple like the one on the front ones but couldnt find it.

Its sorta facing the opposite direction IIRC. Remember that there is a cap on the nipple. If you haev your wheel off it should be easy to find.

07-14-2009, 04:53 AM
its hard to see but its on the top of the caliper. you will need a short 11mm socket and ratchet (unless you are taking the wheels off, then any 11 mm socket.)

it is not necessary to bleed brakes after doing pads & rotors, as you are not opening the lines, but my guess is that you got air in the master cyl by bleeding the fronts w/o having constant fluid @ the reservoir. usually takes 2 ppl to bleed brakes unless you are using a power bleeding tool.

bleed the brakes in this order (furthest from master cyl => closest)

1.) rr
2.) lr
3.) rf
4.) lf

also check to see if the vacuum brake booster (or lines to it) are leaking.

07-14-2009, 05:35 AM
no leaks.