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I recently had to change my brakes and rotors on the car (front just brakes and back brakes and rotors. Now when I drive the car the brake system feels wrong and nothing at all like it did when it was purchased. My brakes used to be somewhat “touchy” and now they are not. I almost had heart failure bringing it home as I braked like I normally would have and the car didn’t down. Next, my e-brake lever is different too. Before I was not able to pull it all the way to the top without some serious elbow grease to get it there. When I went to pull it up after the changes it slammed at the top from me pulling so hard. Last piece, I know you aren’t supposed to pump the brakes but that’s beside the point. Let’s say hypothetically sitting at a red light completely stoped and you pump the brake 3 or 4 times, the brake gets harder and harder to depress. Now the brake doesn’t get harder at all. The one exception is when I am on an incline, the brake will build up as long as the engine is pointed up the hill.

Not sure what to think as the place I took it keeps telling me I’m crazy and that they are perfect. I know my car, I have drove it for three years and something is seriously off and I don’t know what to do.
 

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I assumed you did everything not to contaminate the brake pads with oil or any lubricant or antiseize compound, and that you cleaned the rotors with brake cleaner prior to installation. I can't think of anything that could make your brakes act spongy. Did you bleed the brakes too?
 

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Brake pads differ in quality and may cause softer feel rather than 'touchy'.
Since you say you had rear rotors changed and parking brake lever now goes all way up - there is a chance rear rotors are thinner than original ones, or they've 'turned' original ones rather than replaced.
Did you get old parts back? What new parts did they use?
 

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I did not get the parts back and for the first poster, I did none of the work, so I can’t answer those. The rear rotors were totally replaced. I’m any car I have ever owned the parking brake was never easy enough for me, scrawny, to slam against the top.

For the soft brakes, I understand different pads feel different. However, when you pump the brakes with the car in drive they should still firm. Mine do not. They only firm up when I’m on a hill it the car is off.

I just don’t think a car should feel 100% different because you replaced the brakes. Thanks for your help. At this point I think I’m just going mad because no one can follow what I am saying at the dealer lol.
 

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I had that issue after installing my own brakes on the front.. I did turn the rooters, but over all they were perfect. Smooth no groves, nothing.. I forgot to bleed the brakes and they felt really spongy. After I bleed the lines and got rid of a lot of fluid, and dirt, filled it up again, and everything was back to normal.. Who ever did the job, might not have done a proper bleeding of the system.
 

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Time to go to ANOTHER dealer! Sounds like someone screwed up and dealer doesn't want to deal with it. KEEP ALL YOUR RECORDS, RECEIPTS, EVERYTHING OF THE WORK DONE! EVEN OLD PARTS IF YOU CAN! I'd personally say to check with another "dealer" and just go to a well-respected, large auto service center! Explain the problem. THEN AFTER ITS CORRECTED, TELL THIS "DEALERSHIP" you'll be reporting them to Better Buisness Bureau! ABSOLUTELY Ridiculous this day and age! I wouldn't spend ANOTHER CENT AT THE PLACE!
 
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