|March 10th, 2005, 03:54 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Westfield, IN
Bleeding Your Brakes
Here's what I do with the Motive Power Bleeder for a full flush of the system. If you're only bleeding the brakes to get some air bubbles out then you can probably skip steps #2 & #3. To do a full flush it's best to have at least two cans (2 liters?) of brake fluid on hand. If you don't use the 2nd one it will keep just fine for bleeding the calipers later on. To just bleed them you can get by with one can.
I highly recommend you use a towel to cover the paintwork surrounding the master cylinder reservoir as brake fluid is not good for paint. If you get any fluid on the paint wipe it up immediately and then clean up any spills using water.
Start by jacking up the car and removing the wheels as it makes life a whole lot easier. You can do it one wheel at a time but the process goes faster if you do all 4 at once.
Warning: Never work under a car supported only by a jack. Should the jack fail you will be seriously injured or killed. Be sure to use jack stands. They are relatively inexpensive and make working under the car much safer.
After you have finished all 4 wheels be sure to wipe everything down and clean up. It's a good time to clean up the calipers too. If you're really energetic you can also wash the inside of the wheels.
Remove the pressure from the system according to the instructions in the system (I just slowly unscrew the pressure cap). Be careful not to get brake fluid on anything. Replace the mesh screen and the cap on the reservoir.
Put the wheels back on the car and torque them down to specification (96 lb/ft). Get the car back on the ground and enjoy your "new" feeling brakes.
Hope I didn't forget anything critical.
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