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    Brake pads changed on the front. Peddle seems spongy but i think the more i drive it it seems to be getting better.

    I have notice the ABS comes on faster now. My old pads where well worn down.

    Would this be normal??

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    when you pushed you pistons back to get the new pads in did you release the bleed nipple?? If so you might have got a bit of air in the system and will need to bleed it

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    Thanks for your reply

    No i did not release the bleed nipple while doing the job. I pushed slowly and evenly on the piston to make it go back. I did see the brake fluid tank fill up with fluid again as when i first started it was just above the min mark. new brakes in and the fluid is now just below the full mark.

    When i push the brake peddle, car off or on, i can hear the caliper make a small noise. it only when under pressure it does it.
    Could just be the piston still moving out?

    Any advice?
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    I take it that you cleaned the brake caliper and applied something like copper slip to the back of the pads and slide rails of the caliper bracket so it can move correctly and not get stuck

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    Yea i put copper grease on the back of the pad where the piston will touch, also on the contact parts (the small arms which grip the pad in place.)

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    Brake fluid change time mate...

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    usually a spongy peddle is a sign of air/contaminated fluid in the system, pads will take a few miles to wear in to get the breaking up to scratch.

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    the ABS works fine, it is just more quicker to activate, but i think its related to the paddle being spongy. In saying that the pads are new and have not been drove anywhere yet apart from test drive.

    Why Brake fluid change after a simple brake pad renewal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank988 View Post
    the ABS works fine, it is just more quicker to activate, but i think its related to the paddle being spongy. In saying that the pads are new and have not been drove anywhere yet apart from test drive.

    Why Brake fluid change after a simple brake pad renewal?
    when was the last time the fluid was changed... Brake fluid contamination is very dangerous and new fluid should be every other year.

    Your new pas may just be showing up the need for change.

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    brake fluid does degrade over a period of time, one way is getting moisture in it, thats why they recommend it be changed every two years

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