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Fitting rear pads with EPB

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Hi, today I fitted rear pads to my 2.0 TDCi Ghia with electric parking brake and now the brake pedal travels much further down before the car starts braking, and it's not the usuaul cause of bedding in. Does anyone know the reason for this. I suspect it has something to do with the electric parking brake, I have been told there is a certain sequence you must follow when fitting rear pads with electric hand brake involving the emergency brake under the centre console but so far no one can tell me what the sequence is. I would be very grateful for any advice as it's doing my head in.
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the only statement i can find in the TIS disc is

After renewing the rear brake pads, always press the brake pedal several times before operating the electronic parking brake.
On looking further I can find nothing that says do anything different when there is EPB

You did wind the calipers back rather than just push them didn't you?
I think I might of operated the handbrake BEFORE pumping the brakes, but I have since tried pumping brakes and then operating the handbrake but there is no improvement. Do you think I should remove the pads and start again from scratch ?
yes I did wind the pistons back.I have booked the car in at a ford dealer on Thursday to check it out but I have no faith in them, and think they will find nothing wrong and charge me for the privilege, so I will probably try removing and re fitting the pads tomorrow making sure I pump the brakes before operating the handbrake and see if it resolves the problem, otherwise I will have to just wait and see what the dealer says. Meanwhile, thankyou very much for your help.
I know this sounds daft,but you did bleed the system after fitting didn`t you?
I didn't bleed the system, it shouldn't need bleeding as the job does not involve disconnecting any brake pipes or bleed nipples.
Just checking to make sure
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