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Brakes Soft

My Brakes were acting funny. I would push in the petal and I would feel the brakes respond, then the pedal would reach a point where as I pushed it there was no response. Then the final bit of travel would fully engage the brakes.

I figured with my car having 160K miles ( 97 SH ), that maybe it was time to replace the master cylinder. So I bought one online for $60. Pulled the old one, and installed the new one. Added new fluid ( valvoline Dot 3/4 synthetic ). Then pressed the brakes. Naturally the pedal dropped to the floor.

So I took off each wheel the bled the brakes with a second person pressing the pedal as I opened the valve. The order was FL, FR, RR, RL. The two front brakes had some air bubbles that definitely came out. The rear not so much.

Now when I push the brakes ( car not running ), they are tight ( as they should be ). I took the car for a test drive, and they work, but the first several inches of travel the brakes don't really respond. I remember them being much more responsive before. One the pedal travels a ways, they respond like normal.

Any thoughts? Considering the age of my car is there anything else that could be the cause of this?
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