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The dealer just performed a brake job on the front disc on our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder - new pads; turned rotors. Now the pedal is spongy. What needs to be done or checked.

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  • revermat Nov 08, 2010

    Yes, I've done this before on many other vehicles, and, made sure my son held the pedal down when we did the Pathfinder - this was the firt time doing the Pathfinder and as fickle as Nissan are, I wasn't sure if there was a special procedure for this vehicle. They don't have a manual out yet that is available to the public.

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If the brakes are spongy after a brake job the dealer should have blead them as part of the repair procedure...bleed the brakes and the pedal should firm up again.

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  • revermat Nov 08, 2010

    I bled the brakes thinking that was it, but it didn't do any good, unless there is a special; Nissan procedure for doing this. I started with the left rear wheel,then to right rear, then left front, right front. I disconnected the battery before doing any of this to not affect ABS;always made sure master cylinder was full of fluid; and pumped brakes with motor off prior to starting to adjust for vacuum. The brakes were not spongy prior to the dealer job.

  • contact951 Nov 08, 2010

    did you bleed the brakes yourself...was the pedal held to the floor when you closed off the valves???

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