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I changed my rear brake pads on my golf tdi 2004 and now my brake pedal is soft and spongy

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You need to get the brakes bled by a mechanic

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Did you also bleed the rear brakes? Also try the gravity bleed method working from the right rear wheel, then left rear, right front, then left front. Be SURE to keep the master cylinder full at all times while bleeding.

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I would bleed the rears too especially if the brake fluid reservoir drained empty. Also you may need to drive the vehicle to seat the brake pads. Check and see how the pedal feels initially before you road test to make sure you don't need to pump the brakes in order to stop. if you do then re bleed all four wheels.If you don't have to pump the pedal and it just feels spongy then try going around the block a few times and see if the pedal stiffens up after the pads have seated.

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Front brake sounds like a seized caliper,If possible remove caliper and clean and lubricate the piston.
This may work but replacement caliper may be the only other solution.Make sure the caliper slides are also clean and lubricated and the brake pads are in good order.(TRY THIS FIRST)
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  1. A stuck brake caliper piston causing the brake pads to ride on the rotors while car is in motion.
  2. Improper hand brake adjustment will cause the rear caliper to hook up even if the lever is all the way down.
  3. Manual transmission operates with a semi-metallic clutch disc similar to brake pads can produce similar odor when you ride on your clutch pedal.
  4. You could also be riding on your brake pedal while you operate your vehicle.
  5. Last but not least, you might have run over plastic debris and stuck on your exhaust pipe melting in the process.
This are common sources of burning rubber which people mistaken think their tires are burning. The only way you can burn your tires is if you do wheel spins, high speed braking and locking up your wheels and setting it on fire.

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