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2004 GMC sierra 1500 4x4 brakes

I forgot to mention on the 1st post, that it has all 4 disc brakes, and only the front rotors were replace by the dealer and still have to press pretty hard to stop pedal travel more than i like.

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Having problems with brakes when i put brake on brake pedal is hard, an i hear a noise before i put brakes on an then brakes don't want to work some tell me its the abs system others tell me no its something else

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    04's have an electric vacuum boost pump mounted to brake booster below the master cylinder when this pump gets weak it resticts vacuum. It's like stopping a disabled vehicle

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Have you checked the hardware on the disc brakes all the way around, as well as checking the rear pads? Wore out hardware could cause you to require more pressure to get the pads to move, as well as low brakes on the rear. Your braking system sends more pressure to the front of the vehicle because it requires more pressure up there. Less pressure on the rear can cause this to happen. I'm willing to bet the problem from the pedal is coming from the rear brakes somewhere and not the front. The last possibility that I can think if is a problem in the ABS solonoids, they might not be opening up all the way causing you to require more pressure.

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