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low brake pedal

anyone have a real low brake pedal the dealer says it is low but can not find anything wrong, i was thinking about replacing all of the fluid as maybe there might be some air in the system, what kind of brake fluid do you need to use, does honda fluid make a difference thanks
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Re: low brake pedal

Any DOT 3 Fresh brake fluid is ok - I used Prestone from Walmart.

The honda brakes are not a closed system and absorbs water from the air - that is why you have to replace all the fluid every 3 years.

The harbor freight brake bleeder is wonderful http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...der-92924.html

I just put the opened can upside down in the brake reservoir and let the vacuum remove the old fluid. Do not let the reservoir get too low. You are done with each wheel when the fluid color changes. (it will).

figure 1 small can for each wheel or 1 big an 1 small to do all 4.

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Re: low brake pedal

will the moisture cause a low pedal
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Re: low brake pedal

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will the moisture cause a low pedal
Not unless you have a lot of moisture and your are getting the brake fluid so hot that the water is boiling.

Most likely you have air in the system.

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Re: low brake pedal

When you say low, does the pedal height increase if you pump the pedal?

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Re: low brake pedal

i haven't tried pumping the brakes, its not mine so i will have to wait until tomorrow, if the pedal does come up does that indicate air, and if it does not come up then what, i always thought with air in the system the pedal would slowly sink lower or feel spongy but it is firm not spongy
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Re: low brake pedal

Your understanding is the same as mine. If the brake fluid has never been changed, that would be a good place to start. Also check the brake pad wear. If both of those check good, I have to question the master cylinder.

Here are a couple of links that may help:
http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/265
http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/266

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Re: low brake pedal

pads are 1 year old, i was afraid that it might be pointing to a master cylinder issue, those 2 articles are pretty extensive, after reading them i question doing brake jobs any more LOL

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Re: low brake pedal

pumping the pedal does raise the pedal then lowers, so i will assume that there is air in the system some where correct
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Re: low brake pedal

That seems a logical conclusion to draw. My suggestion would be to replace the brake fluid and see if that corrects the issue. Then go from there.

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