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ROOROO52
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  • 2006 SUBARU WRX
  • 2.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • TURBO
  • AWD
  • MANUAL
  • 124,000 MILES
When I try and brake for the first time in a while the brake presses down much further than usual. Immideatly after that first pump if I press it, it acts normal. What could be the issue?
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 5:06 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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YOUR "SELF ADJUSTERS" MAY BE SEIZED AND THE SHOES ARE NOT ADJUSTED OUT CLOSE TO THE DRUM.

1st PUSH TAKES THEM TO THE DRUM (USING MORE FLUID FOR THAT INITIAL PUSH/ OR LONG TRAVEL)

2nd PUSH, THEY ARE ALREADY OUT THERE, LITTLE MOVEMENT OR FLUID IS NEEDED TO BRAKE/ MAKE FULL SHOE CONTACT

AIR IN THE SYSTEM MIGHT EXHIBIT THE SAME SYMPTOMS

OR

TRY THIS FIRST, AS IT IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON POSSIBILITY

REMOVE THE DRUMS. ADJUST THE ADJUSTERS (THEY MAY STILL TURN, JUST HARDER TO MOVE). ADJUST UNTIL THE DRUM WILL BARELY SLIP ON EZily (DON'T BANG 'EM ON!) NOW THE SHOES ARE CLOSE TO THE DRUM'S INSIDE SURFACE.

SEE IF YOUR PEDAL IS BETTER

REPAIR/ REPLACE THE ADJUSTERS IF THEY WILL NOT WORK CORRECTLY

LEMME KNOW IF THIS HELPED

THE MEDIC
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
ROOROO52
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I'm sorry but I forgot to include that all of my breaks are disk brakes. Did you think they were drums?
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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OLD SCHOOL

MY '46 AND '77 JEEPS ARE DRUM ALL OF THE WAY AROUND

AROUND '75 OR SO ALL WERE MOSTLY FRONT DISC AND REAR DRUM

ONLY SORTA RECENTLY (FOR AN OLDER FELLER) DID THEY START DISCING ALL FOUR OF 'EM!

GO WITH THE AIR IN THE LINE POSSIBILITY

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO BLEED BRAKES?

JUST ASK AND I'LL POST MY TECHNIQUE (WAY I WAS TAUGHT)

THE MEDIC
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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Could you please post how to bleed them? Thank you!
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 6:55 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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OK HERE'S A LINK TO KEEP ME FROM PECKING ALL NIGHT!

SEE MY ANSWER IN THE LINK

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/1998-ford-f-150-cant-get-brakes-bleed

YOU MIGHT SKIP OVER THE BENCH BLEEDING PART AND DISREGARD THE "DRUM" PARTS.

DO PAY ATTENTION TO WHICH WHEEL GETS BLED 1ST, THEN ON AND ON.

ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN IS THE INFO YOU SHOULD LOOK OVER

KEEP ME POSTED ON PROGRESS/ QUESTIONS

I HOPE I EXPLAINED IT IN AN UNDERSTANDABLE WAY

IT MAY TAKE 5 OR 6 BLEEDS PER WHEEL, IF YOU USE A WRENCH (A SOCKET WILL HIDE THE SQUIRT), YOU MAY SEE IT TURN FROM PURE FLUID TO AIR SPURTING OUT WHEN IT MAKES IT THERE

WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, THIS CRAP WILL BURN YOUR EYES TERRIBLY IF YOU GET DOWN RANGE OF THE SQUIRT! (SO STAY CLEAR!) HAVE A WATER/ FLUSH PLAN NEARBY (JUST IN CASE!)---YOU SHOULD ALREADY HAVE A HELPER DOING THIS MY WAY

SOME PEOPLE ATTACH A SHORT PIECE OF CLEAR TUBING TO THE BLEEDER TO CATCH THE JUICE.

IF YOU DO LIKE ME AND JUST MAKE A MESS, THE COOL THING IS BRAKE FLUID IS WATER SOLUBLE, 30 SECONDS WITH THE GARDEN HOSE AND "WAH-LAH", MAMA WON'T WANNA KICK YOUR BUTT!

NEVER LET YOUR RESERVOIR GET LOWER THAN ABOUT 1/3 OF BRAKE JUICE FROM THE BOTTOM, SHOULD IT GO DRY, YOU WILL HAVE TO START FROM SCRATCH!

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 AT 7:33 PM

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