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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Break Problem (99 Grand Am)

To start, I know this is a Intrepid forum, but you guys have helped me so much with my trep on this board, maybe you guys/girls would have an answer to this. My fiance has a 99 Grand Am SE, she was complaining about her breaks so i bought the pads, took of the tires and to my surprise the driver side front pads were brand new still, but the passenger side breaks pads were completely done, to the point they were cracking. Anyways, I put the new pads on for now, but she still has to push the break pedal right down to the floor in order to break. Anyone know what could be causing this? Sounds like the part you have to push in with the C clamp is not pushing the break pads. The fluid is topped up.

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Sounds like their may be air in the system or one of the calipers is hanging. Has the brake fluid been going down? Any burning smell coming from the brakes?
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No the fluid has been fine to my knowledge, and there is no smell. I'm reading on the internet i might need to bleed the front caliperS?
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Not to hijack, but I've got the same problem on my rear.
Maybe it can be addressed this weekend (Hint Hint)
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not to bust your hump, but you break a mirror, you have brakes on a car..
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No the fluid has been fine to my knowledge, and there is no smell. I'm reading on the internet i might need to bleed the front caliperS?
Thats where i would start. Trouble is theres a reason there is air in the system. Either there is a leak or someone opened the system to repair it and didnt bleed it.

You could also have a frayed brake hose -- they can fray inside and block the fluid flow, have seen that a few times.
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Alright I decided to change the 2 front calipers. After doing so, i bled the calipers the tried the breaks again. With the new calipers on, I had no breaks at all, i would have to press the pedal right down to the ground to barely stop. Anyone know what the problem could be this time?
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New pads, and calipers.
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Could be a master cylinder or ABS unit. Sounds like there is still air in the system. Try bleeding them more, and bleed all 4 wheels.
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I did try bleeding all 4 wheels thats the strange thing.
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did you bleed in the right order? RR, LR, RF, LF. Should push atleast 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fluid through each one, more if still getting air bubbles.
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also if the 99's are the sames as the 96's there are 2 bleeder screws on the abs unit, start there first then move to the rr and continue.i had a hard time bleeding the brakes on my 96 and once i seen the bleeder screws on the abs unit i did them first and it helped alot.
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