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Old 08-20-2000, 09:46 PM   #1
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Bleeding brakes

I'm going to get those extended brakeline sometime this week, and hopefully put them on next weekend. I read the Haynes manuel on how to bleed the brakes, but I still have a couple questions, first off, is the bleeder valve the thing in the middle of the caliper that points up? Is this what I put the wrench on and the clear hose? Anybody have any tips for installing brakelines or bleeding the brakes? Thanks.

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Re: Bleeding brakes

Yup thats the bleeder, its about a 10mm wrench i think. I think the bleeding sequence is RR, LR, RF, LF for our trucks cause it has a diagonal system. make sure the master cylinder is filled up before you bleed each wheel, do it till solid fluid comes out with no air bubbles at all. Do you know what bleeding method you will use. Id say get a friend and have him sit in the car and he has to pump the brakes about 4 times, then hold the pedal, and you have to open the bleeder while he holds the pedal. Make sure he doesnt let off the pedal when the bleeder is open cause then youll have more air in your lines. Do this until theres no air left in the system.

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Re: Bleeding brakes

ok, this is a bit of a retarded question but, which side would be the right side? is it when looking at the front, or like when in the driver seat?

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Re: Bleeding brakes

Its when your in the drivers seat, Do you understand the method I told you on how to bleed them?

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Re: Bleeding brakes

I think so, you said the same thing as the haynes manual.

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Re: Bleeding brakes

Its pretty easy, the other methods involve buying vacuum pumps, pressure pots, etc. This is the easiest cheapest way. P.S. brake fluid is hard to get out of the driveway, I've been trying for 2 days now. GoJo, Comet and dawn dishsoap doesnt work, if its scrubbed with the broom.

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Re: Bleeding brakes

I'm going to do this on the street, incase I spill a little.

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Old 08-20-2000, 10:48 PM
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Re: Bleeding brakes

Don't get it on your paint either, it will eat through it in a very short time (half a day). At least it did on our race car, ate completely through the powdercoat in 3 hours! Make sure you wipe it off right away. There's not much to installing the new brake lines either. I put mine in yesterday along with a complete brake rebuild.

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Re: Bleeding brakes

In addition to what has been mentioned above, a clear botle filled with just enough brakefluid to sink the tube into will steady it upp for you. Makes it easyer to watch for bubles when you got it down on the ground. Also no spills!

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Re: Bleeding brakes

If you're not messing with the factory lines and just installing the new extended lines then it's a piece of cake. Only tip I have is to disconnect the bottom one at the caliper first and let the fluid drain out; then do the top.

The other guys are right about not letting the fluid get on your paint or driveway...but above all don't get a lot of it on you skin cuz it'll burn! And don't use a cheap disposable plasic cup to catch the fluid either as it'll just dissolve.

The bleeding method has been covered but I just wanted to remind you (in case you have disc brakes) that you'll need to hold the metering pin on the proportioning valve (I guess the book calls it combination valve) open while you bleed. I just used a little c-clamp on mine.

P.S. for about $30 the Mityvac brake bleeding kit is very handy. The one I have is part# 6820 and I got it at Napa.

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