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Old 01-09-2005, 04:22 PM
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OK, all you guys that own show cars. how do you bleed your brakes and keep the mess to a minimum????

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half fill a jar with brake fluid. Get a piece of hose( windscreen washer hose is normally about the right diameter) that fits the bleed nipple tightly. Put the hose on the nipple and put the other end into the jar of fluid, open the nipple, depress brake pedal and fluid will start to fill the container and air should not come back up the bleed hose as long as it stays under the exisitng fluid level in the jar.Don't forget to keep the mastercylinder reservior full. I like to cut a piece of wood or use a long screwdriver to hold the pedal down on the last depression so i can close the bleed nipple before allowing the pedal back up which sucks in the new fluid in the reservior. They sell kits containing all the bits called One Man Brake Bleeding Kits. Sykes Pickavant do a good kit, normally around $20. If you have someone to help you then you can just use a hose and a jar or even just a jar and some strategically placed rags
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By the way use DOT 5 brake fluid so you don't have to worry about the paint job.
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When I had the repair shop I had a power bleeder. It was a sphere half full of brake fluid, w/a bladder. Pump the bladder up with air pressure. Connect the bleeder adapter to the master cylinder. Then with a hose on the brake bleeder valve as stated earlier, just crack the bleeder valve for a couple seconds and re- tighten. All done. Wash the area with soapy water just in case some fluid spilled onto painted surfaces. I shoulda' kept that bleeder. Worked great when you had to do the job by yourself. Not too good for the newer plastic master cylinder reservoirs tho.
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well I'm far from a show car owner but I've yet to have a mess from brake bleeding so I guess I'm doing something right.. I usually start by spraying the bleeders in PB blaster, then I place my wrench over the bleeder, then hook a piece of hose to it, i use some small diameter hose that was lying around the garage, then as said with a pop bottle about half full of brake fluid put the hose in and bleed away. hope that helps any.
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I use the clear plastic tubing they use in aquariums. That way I can see if there are any small bubbles in the fluid.
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HEY K: Russell Products manufactures check valves that go in bleeder valve holes. You just crack valve open, place tubing over end of check valve, give a couple of pumps one each wheel and you are done. They are availble thru Sumitt Racing or I bought mine at Earl's Indy. I have them on all of my cars, because it can be bleed by one person. Try www.russellperformance.com ...DAVE
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NAPA also carries "one man bleeders" for about the same price and you can avoid the shipping/handling costs when you buy them locally as opposed to buying them by mail.

Also seems to be a bit of controversy regarding DOT 3 and DOT 5 brake fluid. I prefer DOT 3 myself,but that is just me.
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I use the 1-man bleeders on all 4 wheels and they work fine for me. Just be sure the tubing is a tight fit, or the fluid will lube the fitting enough to pop the tubing off. My book calls for 5/16...so I use 1/4 and it seems about right.

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