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I changed the front rotors and pads on '08 Rav 4. Didn't open any lines, but now the pedal is soft. Any ideas? Do I need to take clips off old pads and put on new?

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Please bleed your brakes

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You have to bleed the entire system,all 4 corners,
with the engine running

There is NO pumping up to do

You don't pump when driving do you?
That does absolutely nothing

Without the engine on you have no brakes
& it feels harder.

The question is --- I didn't hear you say you opened
the system up,but you had brakes & now you don't

So you put the problem in there

Got anything to add to what you did?

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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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Brake pads usually last a long time depending on what type they are and how you use them. If you brake hard or tow anything they will probably last in the ballpark of 30-50K, and under normal service you could get up to 70- 100K on a pair of pads. If you remove the tires you should be able to poke your head under the wheel well with a flashlight and see how much pad is left. Also do keep in mind that excessive pedal travel while braking can also be caused by air in the brake lines as well as worn out pads and rotors. Air is a gas and can be conpressed in a hydraulic system (such as your brake system), where as brake fluid is a liquid and cannot be compressed. This is why air in the system is bad and can allow your foot pedal to move much further as you are having to compress all the air in the system before you actually start getting any braking power, make sense?? I hope this helps you out!

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Because of the ABS system if you press the brake pedal with too much pressure then it will give you the illusion of a soft pedal. Does it feel like a soft pedal when the vehical is in motion and you then press on the brake pedal (normal)? The other thing is if your pads and/or caliper were frozen, when you changed them out. The brakes are not going to feel or brake exactly the same, after the repair. But you are there, if the pedal is real low or goes to the floor then there is still air in the system or for some reason, your master cylinder is defective.

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Something doesn't sound right, you shouldn't have to remove the brake line to install pads. Did you have to do this on both sides? Do the new pads and the old pads look the same? Did you get the caliper on crooked? Just recheck your work first before replacing more parts. When you install the caliper, You have to hook the pad on one side first before you slide it over the rotor.

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