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After having changed the rear brake shoes and wheel cylinders, and bled them the pedal was good. Then the pedal was going to the floor slowly so I had to pump the brakes to get enough stopping power. Changed the master cylinder and tried bleeding the brakes. The bleeding order on the instructions for the new master was left front, right rear, right front, left rear. Not much fluid was coming out of the bleeders. Pedal was not firming up. After starting the engine, the pedal went to the floor once then there was a semi firm pedal. Bled all four corners again but could not get a firm pedal while pumping. After starting the engine again, the pedal went to the floor once then was semi firm again. Got tired of trying so I took it to a brake shop and when I got it back from them the pedal was worse than when I took it in. The brakes apply when pedal is depressed but travel three quarters of a stroke before braking starts. I used 1 litre of brake fluid before taking it to the shop and they used quite a bit as well. Where is all this fluid going, as it is not leaking from anywhere? Is there a trick to bleeding a Honda brake system. (I bench bled the master before installing it.) I have done many brake jobs on chevys and never had a problem. Thanks for listening.

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It sounds that you have done a pretty good job at this point. Remember that the brake adjustment will dictate the amount of brake pedal. Recheck to make sure the right brake linings were used. Recheck to make sure the brakes on the rear are adjusted up as far as possible. As far as the bleeding, I have had many cars that will not bleed the sytem without the engine running to give it the pressure needed to pass through the master cylinder and lines. Have a WELL ventilated area, car in neutral, wheels chocked, and bleed the brakes with the engine running. Remember to take all safety precautions to avoid injury before attempting this.

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