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1997 Pontiac Grand Am Front right brake caliper not working right

I changed the front brake pads like I always have done. Never had to bleed the brakes much. But with this the front right brake is not catching and the brake pedal feels really soft and spongy. I have tried to manually bleed the brakes, I have used a jar with a line, I have used a hand held vacume pump and I still can not get the brakes to right. I know there is air inside because the pedal feels so soft. The pads on the front right were the worse, it was actually metal on metal. I can't figure it out.

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    If rotors are not up to par, you will have that problem ...feels like it needs to be bled but bleeding will not fix the problem.

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Check the brake hoses. The rubber hoses that come from the hard line, (Metal), to the caliper.
If these are the original ones that came with the vehicle, they are overdue to be changed out.

Do they have any weather cracking on the outside? No? That's okay as they break down on the inside, and sometimes this isn't apparent from the outside.

The rubber brake line is a composite. A sheath on the inside, then a steel braided hose, then another sheath on the outside.
The sheath on the inside breaks down, and a piece of the rubber compound blocks the hose opening, when you step on the brake pedal.

The brake line can also swell up a little, as you step on the brakes, causing that spongy feel.

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