Question about 1995 Pontiac Grand Am
How worn out are those discs(rotors)? Sometimes the discs wear unevenly due to the pad being slightly smaller than the disc. It causes a ridge on the inner and outer area of the disc. Installing a new pad causes it to sit across these ridges and when you press down on the pedal you seem to have no pressure when in fact the pad is bending into the area below it. (See picbelow) Sometimes discs can be skimmed as long as they're still within manufacturers spec when done. I'd recommend replacement.
If you did not open the brake lines with assembly it should not require bleeding.
If you want to bleed the system here's how:
You'll need an assistant for this. First off, Make sure you can open all the bleed screws/nipples(looks like a little metal pipe half inch long, but its base is in the form of a nut). Use a ring spanner or socket to loosen the nipple the first time. Not an open ended spanner since bleed nipples tend to get quite stuck. Once loosened, fasten them again and starting at the wheel furthest from the driver. Have your assitant pump the brake pedal a couple times, and then hold it down. Open the bleed nipple on the caliper. Some brake fluid should come out of the nipple. Close the nipple and then release the pedal. While the bleed nipple is open the pedal must remain pressed down. Releasing the pedal will **** air into the system and you'll have to start over. Pump the pedal again a couple times and repeat the whole procedure until the fluid coming out is clear and without air bubbles. Then move to the next wheel and repeat the process. All the time be sure that there is enough brake fluid in the reservoir in the engine compartment.
ps a small length of pipe connected to the bleed nipple with the other end submerged in a small amount of brake fluid in a clear bottle will allow you to see when there is no longer air coming out with the brakefluid.
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
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