Originally Posted by oldrivers
when replacing brake components its not uncommom for the pedal to be a little low until everything re adjusts itself , you could try slowely pumping the brakes a few times to get the pads shoes to readjust .. take up the slack that was reset when removed. slack is the distance betwenn the pads /shoes to the rotors/ drums that will slowely become less and less as you use your brakes meaning less pedal travel.
Thanks for your reply.
I thought the free play was out of spec but it probably isn't, and it turns out that the pedal 'feel' in my 2003 truck is not much better than in this Civic.
I e-mailed MD DMV and we'll see what they say. If necessary I'll measure the pedal force with a bathroom scale.
Maybe the hard and high pedal I got once was an unusual occurrence, and the vehicle didn't have a brake booster.