Just replaced the front brake pads on my 2000 Ford Focus. No problems until I went to take it for a test drive, very soft almost non existent repsonse from the brakes. Went back to the shop to bleed and what a mess. Is there a trick to bleeding the air out of this brake system?
Here is the procedure for bleeding. Did you have the bleeders open to change the brakes? If not then you should not have to bleed them. I have had some problems with aftermarket brakes for allowing the pedal to be soft while braking. When this happens I install the Ford brakes and the problem goes away.
Bleeding Vehicles with anti-lock brakes
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Reply to autodoc_2000's Post: I did not have the bleed screws open when I pushed the caliper back to it's origional position. Some brake fluid came out of the resivor during that process. The absolute puzzling part of the bleeding process is the left front brake and right rear brake have no air and great pressure, but the right front and left rear sporatically have air and pressure. I left it overnight and it appears to have much better brake response. I was ready to replace the master brake cylinder last evening, but am puzzled before I go there because of the performance of the brakes prior to the pad change.