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Old 06-04-2004, 12:01 AM
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Easiest One Man Brake Bleeding Job???

I need to know if anyone knows the easiest way to bleed your brake system by yourself?.....if anyone has suggestions, im all ears......thanks

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Old 06-04-2004, 01:06 AM
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I get all four wheels up, and connect a tube to the bleeder valve
and drop the end into a container with some brake fluid in it.
The end of the tube must be submerged.Then I open the bleed screw and push the pedal (evenly and slowly)several times letting it up real slow.
I then close the bleed screw and test the pedal feel.
Can also change the systems fluid this way,first take out most of the reservoirs´old fluid and fill with clean, bleed the brakes ´till the clean stuff comes through.Top up reservoir as needed.
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Use a broomstick cut to the right length to hold your pedal down while tightening bleeder ......................
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Another car guy I know uses a spare master cylinder cap with a valve stem put through it. He puts 5psi of air on top of the master cylinder (after scooping what he can and replacing with clean fluid if he's replacing it) and just cracks the bleeders until what he needs is accomplished. Keep in mind if you're changing fluid you'll probably only be able to do a couple of ounces at a time.
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Take a look see at the EastWood catalog. Just remember to check the fluid level in the master after each wheel. If you want to spend a little more, get a power bleeder. $35. Fill the tank with fluid and place cap on master. Pump up the pressure to 8 psi and go bleed each wheel. These thing come in very handy over the years.

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I've got a vacuum pump that will pull fluid through the system by hand pumping into a catch can. I like to turn the whole bottle of fluid over and submerge the cap with a hole it into the master cylinder. As the fluid level goes down it will refill itself. I can do all four wheels in about five minutes this way. To remove the bottle just squeeze slightly and as bubbles start coming back into the bottle lift quickly. You might drop a few drops but that cleans up if you cover the area with rags first.
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Since I have a Mity Vac vacuum pump that I use, I usually do it myself that way. One thing that I used to use is an old vacuum check valve. They are those annoying plastic things in the vacuum hoses. They will allow vacuum only in one direction. You use 2 pieces of vacuum hose, one from the bleeder to the valve, the other to the container that you want the fluid to go into. Make sure that the valve is in the right way, and works, so it won't allow the air back in. You then open the bleeder and pump the brake pedal a couple of times. It allows the fluid/air to come out, but not let air back in. One nice thing about them is that they usually are the right size so the hose fits them, and also the bleeder tight.

I don't recommend re-using the valve back on the engine. I usually throw them away when done.
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-Gravity bleed.
It doesn't get much easier then this. I have found this method works the best when there is zero fluid in the system (i.e. you just swapped in a whole new brake system). Just open up the bleeders and walk away. It might take 45min or more to get fluid to the wheels. Check the fluid level every once and a while. Once you are getting clean fluid at a wheel just shut it off and wait for the others.

-Speed Bleeders
I got some Russell speed bleeders for my s10. They have a check valve in them and you just hook up a hose, open the valve, pump the brakes a few times, close the valve.

-Home made vacuum bleeder
I got a venturi vacuum pump for $14 from harbor freight. I hooked it up with an old jar and some clear tubing. It works very quick and is very easy to use. Like any other type of vacuum bleeding make sure you use something to seal the threads on the bleeders or you will just pull air around the threads.
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I had forgotten I got the Russell speed bleeders, never had to bleed the brakes that often, done some complete fluid changes.
If you speak to any "mechanic" here and mention changing brake fluid, they think you´ve gone mad, it´s for life, is´nt it?
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I do all four at the same time.....
I connect some vacuum tubing to the bleed nipple at each corner (about 3 feet of it at each corner). Then I connect the other end of each side to a Tee. So each of the rears to one Tee, and each of the fronts to a Tee. Then at each Tee, I connect another piece which goes into a bottle with some brake fluid in it. So there is one bottle at the front, and one at the rear. Then open all the nipples and start slowly pumping the pedal. The reservoir at the master obviously empties quicker, but the job takes a few minutes only.

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