Excessive brake pedal travel after disassembly
I have a strange issue with my brake pedal. When I press on the brake pedal it has more travel than it used to before the truck actually starts stopping.
I should back this up with a story first. When I first got the truck 2 years ago the brake pedal felt similar. The front brakes needed attention so I replaced the front calipers (pistons cracked), pads and had the rotors turned. The pedal height was the same after the brake job.
This spring I replaced the rear pads, rotors and emergency brake shoes due to issues with the emergency brake pads separating from the shoes.
To my surprise, after the rear brake job, my pedal height felt right and it took little foot effort to get the truck stopped.
Last week I had a reputable local shop replace the upper/lower ball joints and tie rod ends. I noticed that the brake pedal felt low again. I've only driven about 50 miles but haven't noticed an improvement on pedal height. The brakes seem to function just fine, even when slammed. The pedal travel is much more than I'd like though.
The pedal height was perfect before I had the work done. I'm racking my brain trying to figure out why this may have happened to cause the lower pedal height.
I read the sticky on Soft Brake Pedal Resolved but I'm hesitant to adjust anything as the height has been fine at one time without performing the rod adjustment as described in the sticky.
Any ideas on what might have happened to cause this? I plan on calling the shop tomorrow to ask if they have any ideas but thought I'd ask here first in case someone else may have been through a similar experience?