Mechanics

EXCESSIVE BRAKE PEDAL TRAVEL

2002 Honda Accord • 131,500 miles

Pads, Rotors & Master Cylinder replaced by my local mechanic but excessive brake pedal travel remains a problem. I brought it to the Honda dealer and they flushed the brake fluid system and bled the lines but that did not resolve the issue, Is there anything else that can be causing such a long brake?
The car is 2002 Accord Coupe EX-V6
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Ronrivera
October 4, 2012.



Thanks for all your help. Will post the results if the dealer can locate the problem. It just seemed odd to me that after changing rotors and pads all around that the car would develop a stopping problem. This was just preventive maintenance and the car didn't actually need pads or rotors at this time. The car actually stopped better before.

Tiny
Ronrivera
Oct 4, 2012.
I have seen some of the aftermarket brake pads cause extra brake pedal travel. Do you have the old brake pads?

Saturntech9
Oct 4, 2012.
No, I had no reason to keep the old pads and I assume my tech threw them out by now. That's an odd one but I did have Raybestos on the front, replaced at about 70,000 miles without a problem and the rear's were a no name brand thrown on by a shop I really didn't care for.

Tiny
Ronrivera
Oct 4, 2012.
Were the old pads worn evenly or sloped?

KHLow2008
Oct 5, 2012.
I think evenly but the front rotors were definitely warped.

Tiny
Ronrivera
Oct 5, 2012.
What you need to do now is to check if the slider bolts are seized. Quite often when there are insufficient lubricants on them, they tend to stck when new pads are installed. One more thing to check would be the handbrake cables.

I have seen many cases of wrong adjustment whereby the rear brakes would not self adjust and this would also result in low brake pedal.

KHLow2008
Oct 5, 2012.
If they live where they salt the roads then the ebrake cables seize caliper pins etc.

Saturntech9
Oct 5, 2012.
OK. Thanks for all the replies guys! I just returned from my local Honda dealer. Their recommendation afer bleeding the brake lines was for me to go back to my local mechanic that installed a new Master Cyl or let them, the dealer, install a "Honda" Master Cylinder. My local mechanis installed a brand new "Wagner" Master Cylinder last week after receiving a bad one from the warehouse initially.
At this point, I think I need a local pro to REALLY check things out!

Tiny
Ronrivera
Oct 5, 2012.
New parts failing are not news and that is a logical explanation and since they have inspected the problem, we believe the diagnosis should be correct.

KHLow2008
Oct 5, 2012.
I would go with the dealers diagnosis.

Saturntech9
Oct 5, 2012.
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