1999 Chevy Suburban low brake pedal

Tiny
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1999 Chevy Suburban V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 184K miles

I had a rear wheel cylinder seal failure. The pedal dropped down, the dashboard brake light came on, but I still had front brakes. I decided to convert to rear disc brakes instead of repairing existing drum set up, with a complete kit from EGR. I continued to drive the vehicle, on a limited basis, until the parts arrived, adding fluid as necessary. I installed the complete kit and bled all 4 calipers. I still have a low pedal, and the brake light is still on. How can I remedy situation? Thanks
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 9:18 PM

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Tiny
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If the fluid got too low it could be that youve gotten air in the master cylinder and it will have to be bench bled before anything else can commence

will pedal get hard with key off even a slight bit harder.
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 AT 10:28 PM
Tiny
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Yes, it is marginally better with key off.

I bled lines at master cylinder and at each wheel, left rear-left front-right rear-right front, with no improvement in pedal or elimination of light on dash
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Thursday, July 31st, 2008 AT 1:01 PM
Tiny
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Pump it up the pedal till its hard. From there push about 200 pounds of force on the pedal and hold it, does pedal stay or does it continue to sink lower, if it goes down master cylinder may be leaking internally.
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Thursday, July 31st, 2008 AT 4:25 PM
Tiny
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With the hydra-boost, the pedal doesn't pump up but, it does maintain a constant level, although quite low. While running, the same level is maintained and when "200 pounds pressure" is applied the front wheels lock up. The rear discs stay cool indicating they are not working.

A friend said an air bubble in the ABS could cause a problem but, wouldn't air be eliminated through bleeding? Thanks for your help.
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Thursday, July 31st, 2008 AT 7:52 PM
Tiny
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I was saying put on the pressure so if it goes down then your loosing brake fluid through a leak causing the pedal to be low.

Air can cause a low pedal, but abs has to be bleed with a scan tool not the conventional techniques.
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Friday, August 1st, 2008 AT 8:49 AM
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Thanks for reply. Been away. What type of scan tool is used for ABS brake bleeding? Is this a dealer only tool?
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Thursday, August 7th, 2008 AT 9:58 PM
Tiny
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For the price it might as well be
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Friday, August 8th, 2008 AT 9:34 AM

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