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Old 03-05-2012, 06:32 PM
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Brake bleeding

Just finished plumbing the brakes on my 34 coupe and am ready to service the system. I'm working solo so I am thinking of using a reverse pressure bleeder at the calipers/drums. My question is-- can I use the reverse pressure bleeder with residual pressure valves installed (2psi front, 10psi rear) or will I need to use a vacuum bleeder?

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I used a Phoenix reverse system and it worked OK(I'm not crazy about it on best days) You could feel it some on the rears (10) and it leaked around the bleeders more because of the extra pressure and made a mess but it worked.
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Even working alone, you should be able to find someone (mom, wife, sister, brother, 12 year old from down the street) for 10-15 minutes, teach them "Pump it!! HOLD!! Dammit I said HOLD". Then, there is the tried and proven Mighty Vac. These do work just fine.



Next - Speed Bleeders. Most car places (NAPA, Advance/Auto Zone) sell the Dorman. I have Russell's on my '31 with 4 wheel 4 piston Wilwood's

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Do the speed bleeders work pretty well? That seems like the simplest solution for me. My darlin wife could pump the brakes for me but sometimes I get more "help" than I want. "Why don't you____?", "Maybe you should____." "Can we drive it tomorrow?".

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I have bled them mysef with a properly sized lenght of wood. It is a long process but it can be done.
The last time was a broom hanlde to push the pedal wedged against the seat while I opened the bleeders.

As far as help, anyone with a leg will do. They just need to know two simple commands, up and down. They upsh down and hold, you open and close bleeder. You command, up then down again.

There is no reason to pump the pedal. Simply pushing it down will do the job. Pumping only stir the air up more.
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Do the speed bleeders work pretty well? That seems like the simplest solution for me. My darlin wife could pump the brakes for me but sometimes I get more "help" than I want. "Why don't you____?", "Maybe you should____." "Can we drive it tomorrow?".

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The speed bleeders work great. I have them on my '06 F350 as well as the street rod - which means I don't need to retrain my wife every time I do brake work.

All you need to do is just crack them open after you initially pump the brakes. Once they are cracked open, then go back and pump away - just make sure you still use a hose into a container to catch the old fluid to prevent it from becoming pant remover - and there are special plastic bags just for that as well. I still do mine one at a time - furthest to closest and in pairs, rears, then fronts. The only thing I've found is that I, personally only, use a bit more brake fluid.

With Wilwoods, you need 2 on each caliper:



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i love speedbleeders.
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