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Old 08-18-2007, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Bleeding Order

I had to replace a caliper today and I replaced a leaky MC.

In what order should I bleed them?

I am not exactly sure how to bleed an MC, but here is how I was planning on doing it. Fill it up with fluid until it is leaking out of the holes, and then hook up the fittings. Then press on the brake pedal while opening the fittings up again.

What am I missing? This is my first MC replacement.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

OK, I need to bleed everything...front calipers, rear calipers, and the MC. I know that I do the rears before the fronts, but where does the MC fit into all of this?
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

Fill it up, start at your farthest brake away from the MC and bleed it(right rear). Then just work your way closer. You may end up having to do it twice.
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

The MC should be bled first. There are kits available to help with this. Otherwise you end up pushing all the air into the rest of the brake system and it will take a while to get it all removed.
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

Here is how I bleed a new master cylinder.

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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

I dropped it off to get bumped with a power bleeder. My old lady didn't want to spend part of the afternoon wearing her leg out on the brake pedal.
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

if you anticipate a lot of brake work in your future, buy one of the power brake bleeder kits that is essentially a bug sprayer with some adaptors to clamp a lid over the different designs of master cylinders.

I paid $60 for mine off ebay as I recall, and it's been a godsend, especially on hydraulic clutch set ups, and on large brake systems like our trucks have.

You can fill the resevoir in the master, put some fluid in the power bleeder, pump it up, then start at the pasenger rear and work your way forward without another person - and it's QUICK! You can flush all the old fluid out of a typical vehicle in about 15 minutes.
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Re: Brake Bleeding Order

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if you anticipate a lot of brake work in your future,<u> buy one of the power brake bleeder kits </u>that is essentially a bug sprayer with some adaptors to clamp a lid over the different designs of master cylinders.

I paid $60 for mine off ebay as I recall, and it's been a godsend, especially on hydraulic clutch set ups, and on large brake systems like our trucks have.

You can fill the resevoir in the master, put some fluid in the power bleeder, pump it up, then start at the pasenger rear and work your way forward without another person - and it's QUICK! You can flush all the old fluid out of a typical vehicle in about 15 minutes.

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Or you can make your own pressure bleeder like <u>THIS</u> [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/warmsmile.gif[/img]
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