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Old 12-02-2001, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes...

In preparation for my first track event, I decided to put in some ATE Super Blue Racing brake fluid that I got at OG racing (www.ogracing.com -- really nice folks there, got my helmet and the IO Port camera mount while I was there too).

Having never bled my brakes before, and being only vaguely familiar with the process, I enlisted the help of a more experienced friend. This afternoon we flushed and bled the brakes using the two-person pump and shout method, but were in a bit of a hurry. He left to go meet another friend for lunch and as I pulled out of the parking lot, I noticed that my pedal went all the way to the floor with no noticable braking effect. Pumping it some gave me just enough pressure to limp 3 miles home, w/ a 100' following distance to the car infront.

I searched here (part of the reason I'm posting this -- so others might find it in their hour of need) and found some good suggestions about using aquarium check valves to make 1-person bleeders. I went to the aquarium store, and of course -- they didn't have any check valves. Went next door to Trak-Auto, found a "One person bleeder kit w/ check valve" that, after closer inpection, had no check valve. I talked to the parts counter guy who verified that the package was mislabled and that there was no way that it would really work.

Then he showed me a hand-held vacuum pump and another brake bleeder kit that is designed to go with it, and happens to work just like a bong. I took it home and in a half hour was able to bleed all four brakes without jacking the car, and without having to worry about someone pumping the pedal. I think I could do it again in 5 minutes now that I know how to use this system. It was incredibly quick and easy and now my brakes feel like new again!

They also had an el-cheapo store brand set of Metric combination wrenches w/ a really small 10mm wrench that made accessing the bleeder valve a cinch.

Anyway, the bleeder tools I got from Trak-Auto were:

Hand Vacuum Pump: http://www.actron.com/cgi-bin/web_st...age=cp7830.htm

Brake Bleeder Kit: http://www.actron.com/cgi-bin/web_st...age=cp7840.htm

Actron also makes a "Pro" kit that has the same parts, in a nice case, for nearly twice as much -- might make someone a good holiday gift! (and the pic might actually load):
http://www.actron.com/cgi-bin/web_st...age=km2501.htm

Enjoy,
Chris
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Default Re: Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes... (bussetech)

sounds like a good method but I use speedbleeders at all 4 corners and have ben really happy with them. if you aren't familiar with them, the are basically a bleed valve with a built in one way check valve Click the image to open in full size. Once you've got them installed brake bleeding is a one man process and is super simple. They're about $30 for all 4.

I think that the corp website is http://www.speedbleeder.com
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Default Re: Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes... (Xian)

Speedbleeders only work on one vehicle Click the image to open in full size.

(I'm just jealous that I didn't have the time to get a new mod for my car, but a new tool is almost as good!)
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Default Re: Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes... (bussetech)

For those with access to air... Vacula rules.

Good for bleeding clutch too...
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Default Re: Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes... (Mike K)

agreed
I have one and it takes me about 10 mins and I dont have to remove the wheels
Porsche club guys were amazed that I had it and didnt remove my wheels
they like the 2 man pump and bleed method for some reason
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Default Re: Found a Quick and Easy way to bleed brakes... (555R)

Yeah the guns are sweet! Did my clutch with one and it was fast and easy...they are fairly inexpensive too. I used a MAC Tools one.
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For those with access to air... Vacula rules.
AMEN! Unless of course, your air supply doesn't flow enough CFM, then stick to using the Vacula on CRXes only.. it wont even work on a 1st gen rx7 if you don't have enough air.. in other words, we've had bad experience with the Vacula on a shitty home-style craftsmen compression but great luck with it on a real compressor.
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