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Brake repair The rear brakes in my reatta were inop do to someone closing off the brake line because the lines in the rear were all leaking. I just replaced all of the rear lines and bled the brakes. Now the brakes feel fine when the car is off and I pump the brakes up, Very solid pedal. With the key on or the car running the abs and brake lights both come on when I depress the brake pedal. I can also push a little harder and the pedal will go to the floor. What am I not doing correctly. This is my first time dealing with an electric braking system. Thanks for any help.

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  • cbasher Nov 17, 2008

    I did bleed the brakes but thanks anyway.

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Sounds like maybe you didn;t bleed the brakes and there is air in the system. I would start with that

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