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How do you adjust the rear brakes on a 2007 Ford Focus ... or do you?

Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
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replied 8 years ago.
You should not need to adjust the brakes, if they are drum brakes they have self adjusters and disk brakes never need to be adjusted
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.

I replaced the rotors and disk brake pads in the front end ... but there seemd to be "not enough peddle" when braking ... I thought the rear pads were adjustable ... apparently not! They appear to be the same thickness of the new ones ... maybe bleeding and in what order?

 

 

Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.

Did this problem start when you replaced the front brakes or before that?

Customer reply replied 8 years ago.
After ...
Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
Did you pump the pedal several time since then? Did you remove the brake lines?
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.
I have driven the car ... brakes OK ... peddle not "tight" ... no I did not remove the lines.
Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
What do you mean by the peddle is not tight?
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.
I have to press it half way to the floor to engage the brakes.
Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
The problem could be air in the system and you may need to bleed the system but the problem could also be the brake pads themselves if you installed really cheap pads on the front they can also give this feeling, did you install a good pad?
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.
Yes ...
Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
Then I would start by bleeding the brakes.
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.
I'll do that and if it works "accept" your answer.
Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.

I stated above the rear brakes have a self adjuster they adjust when backing up below is a process you can do if you believe the rear brakes are out of adjustment, it may help but I really do not see why it would have started after you replaced the front brakes.


BRAKE SHOE ADJUSTMENT
1. Raise and support the vehicle so that the rear wheels are off the ground.
2. With the aid of an assistant, rotate the rear wheel while applying the brake pedal 4 times.
3. Repeat Step 2 for the opposite rear wheel.
4. Carry out the parking brake cable adjustment.
5. Lower the vehicle.
Customer reply replied 8 years ago.

OK ... I've tried all I'm willing to do ... Brake Check holds no weight with me (bunch od used car dealers that ended up there) ... I'll get the system evacuated and go fron there.

 

Thanks for for your efforts!

Daryl, Shop Owner, Master Mechanic replied 8 years ago.
Good luck with your repair.