Suspension & Brakes - Just installed brake lines now how do I bleed
03-27-2002, 12:05 AM
I just installed stainless steel brake lines and was wondering how do I bleed the system sense I let fluid out already?
03-27-2002, 10:30 AM
A Helms manual will be a big help to you if you keep modding. Basically, You do one wheel at a time. Example: Start with the left front wheel. Safely raise and support that side. Remove wheel. Have a buddy in the car press down on the brake pedal and hold it down. Find the bleeder nut/tube on the caliper and place a clear hose over the tube and run it into a small cup with brake fluid in it. Open the bleeder nut and air/brake fluid will run into the cup. Close the bleeder nut . Tell buddy to release the brake pedal. Repeat until the fluid in the cup does not bubble with air..BE SURE TO KEEP THE BRAKE RESERVOIR FULL OF FLUID DURING THIS PROCEDURE OR YOU"LL NEVER GET THE AIR OUT....CHECK IT AND ADD FLUID AFTER 3 PUMPS OF THE BRAKE PEDAl. Repeat for the other 3 wheels....since this is a major safety issue you need to be real comfortable with the procedure and should have someone help you that has done it before....no brakes = dangerous. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="gr_stretch.gif" />
03-28-2002, 10:21 PM
Agree with everything in the above post except where to start. If you replaced the lines at all the wheels make sure you start at the pass rear since thats the farthest caliper from the master cylinder. Next would be drivers rear, then pass front then drivers front
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03-31-2002, 09:22 AM
Hopefully you got the 5 hose kit (non TC).
And you MUST start at the farthest point from the Mstr Cylndr.
These cars are a breeze to bleed with 'speed bleeders' ...
...or the shop tool that you can fabricate yourself. It makes it a one person job and done in about 15 minutes.
Basically you go to Pep Boys and buy a master cylndr cap from the 'Help' dept, connect a fitting or an air hose to the cap, you only want 5 - 10 lbs max thru this, and when you place it on your master cylndr and apply the air, you simply go around and crack open the bleeder, let out some fluid, close. Once it's all fluid and no bubbles, you're done with that wheel. Just remember to keep checking the fluid level in the master cylndr and refill as necessary.
Be sure to remove the air before removing cap.
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