2004 Ford Explorer brake bleeding

Tiny
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  • 2004 FORD EXPLORER
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 112,000 MILES
I changed my brake pads. Now my brakes feel soft. I need to bleed my lines. (Front wheels) How do I do that?
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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 AT 7:07 AM

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Tiny
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Did you disconnect any of the brake hoses? If not, they don't need bled. Did you adjust the rear brakes?
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 AT 10:22 AM
Tiny
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I did disconnect on the driver side front. Then did not on the passenger side front. Once I learned there was bleeder valve. Lots of fluid lost on the front left.
Did not adjust back brakes.
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 AT 2:58 PM
Tiny
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Did the master cylender run dry when you were losieing fluid? Also, I you have rear drum brakes, you should adjust them to get a firm pedal. As far as the loss of fluid, you may have to bleed all the lines if the master cylender went dry. Let me know about that so I can explaine how to do it.

Joe
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Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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No the cylinder did not run dry. Most of the fluid was out of the caliper. Some did come out of the tube.

I had my son pump the pedal, I turned the bleed valve. Then had him push to the floor. I then tightened the valve. I did this just last night. It did not work.
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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 AT 2:15 PM
Tiny
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Okay, bear with me. When I picture what happened, that should have fixed it unless more air got into the system that we think. You may have to bleed all 4 wheels.

If you do, start at the RR, LR, RF, LF. Also, when you depressed the caliper, did you force the brake fluid back into the master cylender, or did you bleed the excess fluid at the caliper?

Also, I asked this before, but have you tried adjusting the rear brakes to help?

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 AT 12:43 PM

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