Soft braking after changing caliper?

Tiny
NICKFRASIER
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  • 1993 SATURN SL1
  • 200,000 MILES
I just changed brake caliper and bled the brake lines. I didn't change the pads. The car isn't braking as hard as normal. What could be wrong?
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:38 AM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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You still have air in the system. Re bleed it until good clean fluid comes out with no air.

Roy
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:41 AM
Tiny
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Could there be any other problem that could cause this? And does the caliper adjust itself to the older pads?
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:46 AM
Tiny
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It will adjust itself to any pad. Once the pedal pumps the caliper to the pad, the pedal should be like it was. Thats why I still think you have air in the system.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:49 AM
Tiny
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Ok thanks
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:53 AM
Tiny
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Just to add to this one does the car have four wheel disc?
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 3:53 AM
Tiny
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 4:43 AM
Tiny
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If it has four wheel disc then you have abs how did you bleed the brakes please explain step by step?
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 4:48 AM
Tiny
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I put the car on jacks, took the wheels off, and got a friend for pumping the brakes. After the tires were up I told my friend to press down on the brake, then I turned the bleeding screw for just a second then tightened it back. Then he let go of the brake and I repeated that 4-5 times in on each side starting from passenger rear wheel, moving to driver rear, then to passenger front then driver front. I did forget to make sure the brake fluid level was full and it had gotten empty so I had to re bleed all the lines the same way.
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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 AT 5:15 AM
Tiny
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Here is the proper bleed procedre for those brakes.
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 AT 5:10 AM

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