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Excessive brake pedal travel.........

I have a 1988 Lincoln Town car with a 302 and power everything. I had my brakes worked on at a garage (new pads, shoes, rear wheel cylinder on drivers side, rubber hose on pass. front). Ever since, the brake pedal travels at least halfway down, but the car stops OK for city driving. I was not happy with the pedal, so the guy adjusted the rear shoes almost all the way out (rear brakes dragged........ ). I told him I think the brakes need bled, but he said they were. I recently tried to bleed all 4 corners (able to do both fronts, and drivers rear, but pass rear bleeder is stuck and stripped). This had no effect on the pedal. I also replaced the master cylinder gasket, which also had no effect. I adjusted the rear brakes so they don't drag anymore, but what could be making my brake pedal so spongy?

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did the pedal feel change when rears were adjusted......(they should drag little )
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Hi,
This happened to a friend of mine with a ford also, something about
bleeding something in the anti lock system, I'm sorry I can't remember
just what it was, He took it to ford, problem fixed.

Good luck,
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yeah, if the brakes are not bled in order, the ABS will screw up the pedal. call ford, and get a bleeding procedure. normally it's closest to the master cyl first, and farther away as you go, so like lf, rf, lr , rr but who knows with the ABS system, it may be diffrent
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I always thought it was farthest away from master cylinder first, rr,lr rf & lf, Iam I wrong?
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I don't think this car has ABS. It dosen't have any idiot lights for it, and dosen't have an air bag either. Adjusting the rear brakes had no effect on the pedal.
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I recently tried to bleed all 4 corners (able to do both fronts, and drivers rear, but pass rear bleeder is stuck and stripped).
So you've only been able to bleed three of the four wheels? You still have air in the system.
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you still have air in the system best way is to bench bleed by opening all caliper bleeder valves and let gravity do the work takes about an 1hr but works good should solve the soft pedal than bleed in order starting with the furthest from master cylinder. if that does not solve the problem maybe a seal in the master cylinder is know good
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also adjusting the rear will not solve the pedal problem air in the system is your problem.
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also adjusting the rear will not solve the pedal problem air in the system is your problem.

I wish that mechanic would have believed me whae I told him this.......

I think I got screwed, won't go there again.
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I always thought it was farthest away from master cylinder first, rr,lr rf & lf, Iam I wrong?
you want to force all the air out, so you force all the air out from the master cylinder back, otherwise you could put air back into another line closer, if you go farthest- closest
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