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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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brake bleeding question

I always had a helper (wife) press the pedal while I turned bleeder screw open and closed. Other members reported different setups. I just wonder if I can do the whole thing by myself without any gadget.

Open the bleeder screw slightly, about 1/4 turn.
Press pedal and slowly release the pedal.
Repeat 10+ times if rear bleeder is open or 10- times if front.
Keep bleeder open until gravity bleeding removes any air sucked in during brake release.

What do you think? This is how I just bled my pickup. Brake was soft but now firm.

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I have never tried a method like that. If I am working solo I have a simple homemade pressure bleeder that I use. If I did not have that I guess I might try gravity bleeding as I think any pedal pumping with the bleeder open is not going to work unless you do one of those submerge the hose deal.

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I've done my own pedal pump bleeding with no issues(aside the wagon now, but that's a different story). What I do is put a hose on the bleeder screw, put a zip-tie on the end so it doesn't come off. The hose is long enough so it comes up then down to whatever receptacle I'm draining the fluid in so any air goes out and it traps fluid in the hose. This way when you let up off the pedal, it's not sucking air back into the caliper.

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You can get a 1 man brake bleeder kit at Harbor Freight Tools or most part stores for a few bucks.
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I am excited to find this simple method. I don't need a special setup. Just a hose. It doesn't even need to be immersed in brake fluid.

During pedal push, fluid leaves the bleeder screw and fills the hose (hose rises initially). During pedal release, some of the fluid in the hose flows back in but most remains in the hose because fresh fluid can enter from the reservoir with far less restriction. After 3-4 pumping, reservoir goes low enough for refilling.

Air leaking through the threads of the screw was a concern. But I found no to little air in the hose. In 3 of 4 bleeder ports, I saw no air bubbles in the hose during gravity bleeding phase, meaning no air got sucked in through bleeder base. Only in 1 port, I saw air bubbles flowing out of the hose.

The key is
1. Bleeder is opened by 1/4 turn. If you open less, you will not be able to push the pedal.
2. Hose initially goes up so that fluid column can be formed.
3. The process is terminated with gravity bleeding.

I don't have to wait for my wife to come home to bleed brake.

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I "flush" my herd (3 of them) every other fall. I use the vacuum jar as in the pic. Draw some vacuum with my mouth on the valve, and shut that down. I also, remove all that I can with the jar from the master cylinder and refill with new fluid before starting.

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