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How do you freakin bleed brakes?
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:07 PM
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:23 PM
I tried to do it, I bought one of those bleeding kits which consists of a little bottle and a hose going into it. So I unscrewed the bleeder screw and put the hose over it and then went and stepped on the brake pedal a few times and the fluid went into the bottle... I did that on all 4 tires. I test drove it and the brakes are WORSE now, pedal is very soft and goes almost to floor. I think what I did wrong was I took the hose off and then screwed the screw back in and that probably let in some air.
What you do is you put the hose and bottle over the bleeder then you go pump the breakes up till firm or 5-7 times then you turn the bleeder slowly till there is no more air bubbles in the line and you do that on all 4 wheels. you should not get more than a half bottle of fluid from all 4 wheels. just pump them and bleed the air out. the reason they are worse for you now is you took out half the brake fluid and probably allowed more air to get back in by opening the bleeders to far. doesnt take much...
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:32 PM
Posted 12 December 2005 - 04:56 PM
try to make a loop in the air line and trap fluid in there, if done right, no air bubbles can make it back into the system and it's very easy to do yourself. be careful of the hose though...when you pump the brakes the fluid rushes out with enough force for the hose to flop around and brake fluid can get everywhere if it's not held in place.....and you may (will) loose your loop to keep the air out.
Posted 12 December 2005 - 05:16 PM
step one fill resivoir
step two open bleeder with a hose attached(or not)
if fluid and bubbles come out your doing good. tap on the caliper to help and extra air to work its way out.
close bleeder and move on to the next one.
dont let the fluid in the resivoir run out!
if that did not work then use the two person method. one person to hold pressure while the other opens the bleeder.
no need to pump multiple times before holding one or two pumps is easyer on the master cyl.
Posted 12 December 2005 - 05:24 PM
Posted 12 December 2005 - 05:32 PM
Sequence is also important. You should start with the brake farthest from the MC and work toward the closest. Don't forget to bleed your hillholder, if you have one.
Subaru's have a different order, i don't have the picture on me or i'd post it.
Also, you want to make sure that pedal dosn't go to the floor, that can cause issues with your master cylinder leaking or causing fluid to go past the seals.
Posted 12 December 2005 - 05:36 PM
Put a piece of tubing over the bleeder valve. Stick the other end in a clear bottle, with some brake fluid already in it. The tubing should have a one way valve in it, and it helps too to have the end submerged in fluid in the bottle. Pump the brake pedal slowly two or three times, or till you don't see any more bubbles. Tighten the bleeder screw, then take the tubing off. When you loosen bleeding screws, they don't get very loose. You just want it to come out the end, not around the threads.
Start with the farthest away, and work to the closest. If I've only taken one caliper off, often I only bleed that one line, and it seems to work, if I'm quick. And keep checking the master cylinder to make sure it has enough fluid as you pump it out.
Posted 12 December 2005 - 05:38 PM
Manual states LF/RR and the RF/LR.
Huh. Maybe that's why I can bleed just the LF caliper, without any of the others, and it's okay?
Posted 13 December 2005 - 10:58 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 11:01 AM
Cool thanks guys. So how do you bleed the hillholder?
Posted 13 December 2005 - 11:33 AM
Posted 13 December 2005 - 10:12 PM
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