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StokeMechanicNo1, UK Car Mechanic
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When changing the brake pads on an 06 Vito the brake pedal

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When changing the brake pads on an 06 Vito the brake pedal becomes soft and travels to the floor once the job is done. It is not bleeding, the brake will work and eventually after about a weeks driving the pedal come right back up. What can I do to get the pedal up imediately after changing the pads?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: UK Car
Expert:  StokeMechanicNo1 replied 8 years ago.
Hi there, basically what you are experiancing is the new brake pads bedding in, this process is where the flat face of the new brake pad has to wear slightly to match the contours of the slightly worn disc, unfortunatley all vehicles have to go through this process when new brake pads are fitted. the only way to reduce the time it takes for this happen would be to fit new brake discs at the same time as the pads however as youcan imagine this can end up bein a costly process, personally when i fit new pads i like to gentley ride the pedal for a short distance to speed up this process, hope this helps
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

This is not a soft pedal. The brake pedal will travel all the way to the floor but because you only have to use a very light pressure on the pedal the brakes will work. Fortuneatly the vehicle is manual and not automatic. This is a common problem with these and you can get brake pads fitted by MB without have new disks so how do they get round it?