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Old September 22nd, 2011, 09:31 PM
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How To Bleed Brakes when ya aint got nobody to help ya

The brakes in your truck should be bled each time the system is opened during a repair. Air in the system is compressible, and the brake fluid designed for use in the system is not. Air trapped in the hydraulic system of your brakes will cause the brakes to operate less efficiently and symptoms like a low, spongy brake pedal and increased brake pedal travel will occur. Typically, two people are required to effectively bleed air from the brake system, but it can be done by one person using the correct procedure.

heres how we to do it down on the Farm
now I know ya can get kits from the parts store, but I live to far away to consider driving and when I buy stuff it always gets misplaced
and as Dad would say "ya gotta be a little smarter than the things your working on"
or as Micheal Angelo said "necessity is the mother of invention" or that could have been Moe on the 3 stooges

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approved bleeding sequence is to start with the wheel farthest away from the master cylinder (right rear then left rear, then right front then left front).

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Find a fuel line or vacuum hose that will fit snug over the bleeder screw. Now fill a mason jar half full with clean brake fluid and punch a hole in the lid big enough for the hose to pass through. Insert the hose into the hole in the lid until it is submerged in the fluid and reaches the bottom of the jar. If ya let the hose get out of the fluid your screwed

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Install the hose onto the bleeder screw in the first caliper or wheel cylinder. Open the bleeder screw using an 8 mm, 10 mm, 3/8-inch or 7/16-inch wrench

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Fill the master cylinder with clean brake fluid and replace the lid (if ya leave the lid off fluid is gona squirt out and remember brake fluid is a good paint remover). Pump the brake pedal slowly several times to force air trapped in the system into the jar and draw fresh fluid into the system. Close the bleeder screw.

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Check the fluid level in the master cylinder and add as needed. Repeat the process on the remaining wheels in the order of the bleeding sequence.




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i use one of those vacuum hand pumps, works pretty well by yourself...

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i use one of those vacuum hand pumps, works pretty well by yourself...
got any more info on it ?


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Aaron

'95 F150 XLT, reg cab long bed, swapped 351w,
4.56 gears, 4-link SAS, 14" coil overs.

SAS Thread!!!

'04 F250 Lariat, crew cab short bed 4x4 6.0L PSD, 3.73 gears, straight piped,
sinister coolant filter, welded egr, CAT EC-1 coolant, blue spring.
60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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that seems much more convenient, than the old fashion way
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i bought it just because i dont need any help, also because disc brakes on a boat trailer are harder to bleed, buy simple as pie with that tool...

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'95 F150 XLT, reg cab long bed, swapped 351w,
4.56 gears, 4-link SAS, 14" coil overs.

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'04 F250 Lariat, crew cab short bed 4x4 6.0L PSD, 3.73 gears, straight piped,
sinister coolant filter, welded egr, CAT EC-1 coolant, blue spring.
60 gallon fuel tank/tool box, SCT X4 w/IDP custom tunes, SOON TO BE STUDDED!!



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