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Are the brakes self adjustable or do they have to be bled off after changing them

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Disk brakes require no bleeding or adjustment, assuming that you did't open the system and allow any air to enter the system.

Drum brakes do require adjustment after being changed, you can adjust them from the back side of the drum.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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You only have to bleed brakes if you opened the hydraulic ciruit i.e, changed a caliper. If you just put pads on you should be O.K.. If you have drum brakes in the rear they may requirre adjustment. Lee

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SOURCE: Is the brake booster going out?

Let me know what you find out. I get the same whoosh/pedal travel, and at this point have NO braking at all. I am also losing fluid nearly as fast as I can put it in if I use the brakes, but I can't find where it's coming out. I even drove on clean snow and don't see any fluid tracks...

Oddly enough if you are going to do it yourself, gmpartsdirect seems to have the best prices for OEM parts.

I am assuming that my rusted/pitted brake lines have failed me. Aaahhh the old money pit.

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SOURCE: i've installed new front brake pad on 2000 Series L saturn.

try adjusting the rear shoes on this car. The auto adjust rust up and stop adjusting after a while of not adjusting your pedal will go down lower than it should because your basically stopping with front brakes only.

Posted on Apr 05, 2010

SOURCE: Brake pedal goes nearly to

I would go with not bled correctly

The booster should hold up with a hard pedal until
you start the engine, then vacuum causes it to move
down when pressing on the brake

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Have you adjusted the brake shoes on the fronts? There should be a "star wheel" that you turn from behind the brake drum to adjust the shoes. Adjust until there's just a bit of drag on both sides...
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These days, most brakes are self adjusting.
Drum type brakes have a lever and ratchet that activates when you brake whehn you are reversing. If you think they need adjusting, reverse at a gentle speed in a safe location and repeatedly apply and release the brakes.

If the brakes are "spongy", it may be that there is air in the lines and they need to be "bled".

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I would go with not bled correctly

The booster should hold up with a hard pedal until
you start the engine, then vacuum causes it to move
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I've installed new front brake pad on 2000 Series L saturn.


try adjusting the rear shoes on this car. The auto adjust rust up and stop adjusting after a while of not adjusting your pedal will go down lower than it should because your basically stopping with front brakes only.

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I have bled the brakes but still too much play in pedal


Bleeding (to fix soft-pedal) the brakes only takes the trapped air out of the system. Excessive pedal movement is fixed by adjusting the brake shoes (drum type brakes) out further. Many vehicles will self-adjust the shoes by stepping repeatedly on the pedal while moving in reverse. Disk brakes self-adjust after the first application of the brakes (be sure to recheck fluid level in the master cylinder). Hope that helps.

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hi to get the pads in you did screw the calipers pistons all the way back and you should have backed the hand brake cable off as well then adjusted the cable afterwards problem with self adjusting calipers is you can adjust the handbrake cable and the brakes are ok until driven then they can bind so try backing the adjustment off on the handbrake [should really change both calipers as a pair to keep the axles brake balance but this is not anything to do with the brakes binding] best of luck paul

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