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Chad Farhat, ASE Certified Technician A6 - Electrical / Electronic systems A7 Heating / Air conditioning systems
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I just replaced the rear brakes on my 2004 Ford E350 van.

Customer Question

I just replaced the rear brakes on my 2004 Ford E350 van. After bleeding the brakes I still have a soft pedal that goes almost completely to the floor before the brakes engage. What am I not doing that I need to to get a firm pedal?
JA: Working brakes are essential. Fortunately, the mechanics we work with have tons of experience dealing with brake problems.
Customer: Can you tell me what I need to do to correct this issue?
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes, planning to fix myself. I have bled all brakes twice and still no different. Master cylinder was working fine prior to replacing rear brakes so pretty certain that it's not a bad master cylinder..
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Customer: Don't believe so
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I' m Chad. Welcome to JustAnswer. I' m reviewing your question now, and I will be post back with your reply ASAP

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

If you have bleed correctly and no air all fluid and started from furthest point from brake master cylinder and worked your way to the cylinder and you have no leaks and you still have low brake pedal, that leaves you a weak brake master cylinder or a bad one that leaking internally

did the brake pedal issue was there before you did rear brake job ?

please let me know

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No brakes worked fine before replacing rear brakes. Installed new rotors, calipers, and pads. Old pad were wore out so decide to replace everything.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

ok how did you bleed , you got all fluid ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did it once with a one person bleed kit/ bottle, and again with bottle and having wife depress pedal while opening bleed screw closing screw and repeating on each rear calipers.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

and you made sure the reservoir did not get low while doing it u kept adding to it ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

it has to be the brake master cylinder is original to the van

Expert:  Chad Farhat replied 1 year ago.

Hope I was helpfull to you , Please let me know if you need anything else on it

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