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#1 Old May 13th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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Soft Brakes

My 01 pathfinder se brakes really soft, i mean when your braking the pedal almost goes to the floor but its not like im losing brakes or anything it brakes fine is just the pedal is really soft. its been like this since i bought it, suspecting a mater cylender, i went to the dealer to price one, i asked the guy if they comonly sell them he said he's never sold one. so im assuming its not common. has anyone here experienced anything like this? HELP!?!

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#2 Old May 13th, 2005, 08:14 PM
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I own a 2004 LE and have found the brakes to be soft from day one. My dealer checked this and found the brake pedal travel to be normal. I have driven other Pathfinders and found the same thing. I have read that due to excessive brake pedal travel that there have been some cases where the driver's foot also pushed on the gas pedal while braking. Be careful!!
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so this is normal...good because i was getting worried. buy why would nissan make the pedal so soft it makes no sense, its more dangrouse than it is safe.
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#4 Old May 13th, 2005, 09:38 PM
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I agree, it took some time for me to get used to the soft feel. The brakes work fine but the pedal should not travel as far as it does. I have not tried an 05 but hopefully it's not the same.
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My 01 SE has soft brakes as well. After I changed the pads and bled the brakes, I was hoping they would be firmer but no change. I don't notice it anymore, I guess I just got used to it.
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does anyone know if u could buy a aftermarket master cylinder to harden the pedal, or is there some kind of adjustment u could make.
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hehe yea i noticed that today in my new-to-me 95 pathy. I was trying to lock up the breaks and just about slammed the pedal to floor without so much as hearing a chirp, or the abs (i was actually checking to see if i had it... guess i have to wait for rain).
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same thing with me, ive owned audis, and acuras before my 01 pathfinder and the first thing i thought was "man these brakes suck, i need new ones" took in for a routine service and asked for them to check the pads and brakes etc. and they told me everythings fine the brakes tend to be "spongey" so long story short its supposed to be like that... ive never owned a car like this but if its supposed to be its supposed to be.
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Ive got an 02 path and my brakes are soft as well. when my dad or brother drive they say my brakes suck so i did go get them checked and the dealer said they are fine and the reason they are soft is because they have this G-Shock sensor and they adjust to the type of road you are driving on and how hard you press them. if you constatly push the brakes with force they will adjust and become hard but at the sametime pushing so hard will kill your brakes. I've tested what he said and they did stiffin up if i press the brakes hard. ive been driving normally with out pressing my brakes with so much force and i changed them at the begining of the year with 65,000 i believe.
I do have to say pathy brakes suck!! i would suggest making them 4 disc brakes like my 94 honda passport had....daym i miss that car!!
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that sounds like a load of bs.
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lol man nah thats not the case. when u push the pedal the become stiffer cuz u build pressure in the lines. neways i found a solution sorta, it helps a bit.
u basicly adjust it like you would a clutch but dont turn the input rod too much or the pads will push on the rotor and cause drag while driving. here it is


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#12 Old May 4th, 2006, 08:35 PM
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beige01, can you repost your adjustment? It looks like its missing and I'm having the exact same issue with my 96 LE Pathy. Stupid soft brakes are driving me nuts.
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if you can adjust the rear brakes up abit more manually you will find the brakes allot better if you want to test the amount of slack in the drums just pump the peddle a couple of times and you will find the peddle will be right up

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Thanks Grover. Actually, I have tried that, both by myself, and getting a mechanic to do it, and it does help for a while, usually a week or two, then the problem returns. My mechanic did do a good job adjusting the brakes, but it seems no matter who does it, the problem returns. I'm not sure why my brakes keep coming out of adjustment like this. Any ideas? The brakes are supposed to be self-adjusting via the e-brake, but it seems that when I use the e-brake each day, the brakes get looser rather than tighter and pedal freeplay increases.
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Thanks Grover. Actually, I have tried that, both by myself, and getting a mechanic to do it, and it does help for a while, usually a week or two, then the problem returns. My mechanic did do a good job adjusting the brakes, but it seems no matter who does it, the problem returns. I'm not sure why my brakes keep coming out of adjustment like this. Any ideas? The brakes are supposed to be self-adjusting via the e-brake, but it seems that when I use the e-brake each day, the brakes get looser rather than tighter and pedal freeplay increases.
iIf you are using the E brake (hand brake here in oz ) to adjust it and it is getting looser there has to be somthing wrong . On our aussie model's the drums are adjusted by braking every time you stop in reverse (or that's what im'e told ) I must admit my brakes do have a bit of travel but it has become second nature to give them a little pump, most times I dont even know I am doing it

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