2003 Honda Accord V6...current mileage is 64K..at about 50K power brake pedal seemed to travel too far--below level of accelerator pedal. I have had all pads replaced, brake fluid changed twice, recently had master cylinder replaced. All done at a local Honda dealer...they want me to believe this 'travel and soft feel' is normal...it's not...I've had 6 hondas and never had this problem. It's dangerous because I can step on the accelerator pedal while stopping and I'm scared the brakes are going to fail at some point.
If you press on brake pedal when starting the car...it goes almost to the floor board...when stopping(and I can brake hard enough to make the anti-lock brakes come on)...if I keep pressing on the brake pedal once stopped...it keeps traveling...almost to the floor board.
A manual I have for this model Honda..seems to suggest that it might be a problem with the power brake booster...the local dealer has tried everything else...but hasn't agreed with me that it is the booster....
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If you mean running lights (not brake lights) check fuses first, then bulbs, wiring connection in trunk, light switch. If you mean brake lights, check fuses, brake switch at brake pedal, grounds at lamps, bulbs.
If handbrake has excessive travel and the brake pedal is low then you havent set the rear brakes up properly ,if a drum then you clean the lip on the edge of the drum so it has a bevel then you manually adjust the auto adjuster till the drum just slides over then tap outer edge of drum wth a small hammer to level the shoes and then see if you can then adjust the auto adjuster up a bit more .Also when taking the drum off again make sure that the handbrake mechanism lever is right back ,Now if you adjust the brakes on the handbrake cable then it will be out of square and will not work on a brake roller tester ,and the footbrake will still feel spongey then you get a inspection failure for excessive pedal travel and low handbrake efficiency ,this model of car should be able to lock the rear brakes up at 30mph when jerking the handbrake up hard and it shouldnt have more than 3 clicks when done correctly
the brake light switch is under the dash above the brake pedal, it is actuated by the brake pedal arm, you will need to remove the panel under the dash to see it. here is a picture of the switch so u can ID it
There may be air in the lines. Bleed all your brakes starting at the farthest wheel from the resevoir, and finishing at the closest one. Try the pedal after its bled. If the pedal still feels soft or travels to the floor there may be a pinhole leak that may be spraying on the underbody of the car, or the seals in the master cylinder are gone filling the vacuum booster(if equipped). Air compresses more than oil so if bleeding works that may be the problem.
Brake pads usually last a long time depending on what type they are and how you use them. If you brake hard or tow anything they will probably last in the ballpark of 30-50K, and under normal service you could get up to 70- 100K on a pair of pads. If you remove the tires you should be able to poke your head under the wheel well with a flashlight and see how much pad is left. Also do keep in mind that excessive pedal travel while braking can also be caused by air in the brake lines as well as worn out pads and rotors. Air is a gas and can be conpressed in a hydraulic system (such as your brake system), where as brake fluid is a liquid and cannot be compressed. This is why air in the system is bad and can allow your foot pedal to move much further as you are having to compress all the air in the system before you actually start getting any braking power, make sense?? I hope this helps you out!
Air in Brake system need to be bled or master-cylinder is BAD. Noise in rear can be alot of different things NOT related to Soft pedal for example bent backing plate,wheel bearing etc. I would recommend removing brake drum and take a look at brakes in the rear contact if you need more help. Good Luck. Thanks for using FIX-YA
Those models had very soft pads because customers were whining about brake squeaks. Honda's answer was to put on soft pads that wear out quickly. DUH! If you can find some by VGX- they work great and are quiet also. Good luck!