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Brake Pads Replaced - Brake Pedal Seems Soft

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I left my 2007 Punto Grande in to get the front brake pads replaced.


I watched the work being done and new ones going on. However I was told to keep my distance from cars when braking for the first 50 miles or so as the brake pads are soft


However on braking, it seems that more effort is required then usual to slow the car....as far as I remember the last time the pads were done braking seemed solid and not much pressure applied to the brake.




I just checked the break fluid level and it is at max.


Can anyone tell me if what I am experiencing is right after a replacement of the brake pads, and also the comment of the mechanic saying to keep my distance from cars when braking until the pads wear in


Note this is not a situation where I have the apply the brake pedal to the floor or near the floor for the car to start slowing down


I might just be a little bit paranoid after being told that, and I may just go out to a clear road and do some proper testing to reassure me that the brakes are fine.


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Re: Brake Pads Replaced - Brake Pedal Seems Soft

I'd suggest that they may not have bled the system correctly.
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Re: Brake Pads Replaced - Brake Pedal Seems Soft

Brakes do take a little while to bed in and harsh braking is best avoided for a few miles.


However if the feeling is different from the last pad change, it could be down to the type of pad fitted this time as well as the condition of the discs.


As you may well know pads come in hard and soft types and obviously a harder pad will need more pedal pressure compared with a soft pad.


As an aside how many miles did you get from the last set of pads?
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Re: Brake Pads Replaced - Brake Pedal Seems Soft

Thanks for the replies!

They were done about 2 years ago. Just looked at the dial and service history when the pads were done last and it is approximately 45000 miles

OK should I give them a few days, and if it is still the same i'll get a second opinion from another mechanic and go back to the garage that did the brakes and get them to sort it!

I'm working my way around the car getting to know it and up keep it myself using this site for procedures. I never did anything with the brakes before hence the reason why i watched the brakes being done today. If i need to bleed the system is it a big deal for a first timer,or should i leave this to the 'professionals'!?

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Re: Brake Pads Replaced - Brake Pedal Seems Soft

Under normal circumstances there would be no need for the "mechanic" to interfere with the fluid when changing brake pads as all he would have to do is push/wind back the pistons to allow enough room for the new pads to be fitted.
Alternatively he may have opened the bleed screws to facilitate this move.

So I would doubt the need to bleed them if the job was done right, unless he did the latter.
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