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My brake pedal is hard to push in. the car wont/ is hard to stop. i replace the brake pads and the calipers. what could be the problem now?

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    pedal is hard wont stop very good

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    brakes hard to press down

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I guess your brake booster is the problem. try this.... engine not running just pump the brake at least 25 times at the 25 count,just keep your feet on the brake pedal and start the engine. if the brake pedal won't go down even a little... your brake booster is gone. or something with the vacuum.

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SOURCE: Pistons in both front calipers stay out, both calipers replaced

You may have a leak in the booster or master cylinder. You can put a pressure tester on the system to test for leaks. It does sound like you have an air leak.
You can try to bleed the master cylinder, then slave cylinder, then brake lines.

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