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I replaced front and back brakes on my 1996 1500 Chev Suburban. Bled the brakes starting at the farthest line. The pedal is soft and travels too far. Does not seem to stop very good. What is the recommended solutiuon or possilbe problem?

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If the brake pedal comes up if you pump it, it means that the read brake linings need to be adjusted up. They should just touch the drums when the wheel is spun without offering any resistance.
If the pedal feels spongy, you need to bleed the brakes again. Make sure that the reservoir is kept topped up during the bleeding operation and that you close the bleed screw fully before your assistant releases the brake pedal for another press.

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It sounds like there is still air in the brake system that has not been removed.you don`t say if you replaced the brake pads and shoes(in which case you shouldn`t need to bleed)or you replaced a brake line(s) or wheel cylinder or caliper.you will have to keep bleeding the brakes all 4 wheels(trucks don`t use bi-directional braking meaning right rear brakes with left front and so on).bleed both rear brakes then bleed both front brakes,was this problem there before you replaced the brakes(soft pedal noticed) and this is why you changed the brakes or the pedal was soft and the brakes needed changing.its possible that the master cylinder has an internal leak and may need replacing.

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    The pedal has been soft for as long as I remember. All brake pads were replaced just as preventative. I bled the brakes just because it was a convenient time to do that and thought it would help the soft pedal issue. Also, I plan on making certain the rear drum brakes are adjusted and then bleed the rears as suggested.

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