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post #1 of 3 Old 10-22-2002, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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bleeding brakes

how do i bleed the brakes? i read in my manuals that there is supposed to be some sort of tool attached to the combination valve that you use to pull some sort of valve, or something along those lines. there is no such thing on my combo valve. the reason i ask this is that i have a spongy brake pedal. i suspect that part of the problem may be resulting from my patching a brake line with duct tape a while back, when i put new front pads/shoes on. the hose looked kinda worn, so i put some duct tape around it to extend its life. i got new hoses yesterday, so thati can replace them and then bleed the brakes. thanks for any help you can provide! jairus

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-22-2002, 02:24 PM
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ive always had someone pump the brakes, hold the pedal to the floor, then crack the bleeder on the backing plate, let the person push the pedal to the floor, close the bleeder valve, and start over again until no air comes out of that bleeder. not sure of the order but your manual should tell you, left rear, right rear and so on.

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I've always done it the way 55-willys has stated that is until I had to do my last brake job, I took it to the shop, ha ha, NOT. I got a brake bleeder tool/kit from Auto Zone, it attaches to the bleeder valve, you open the valve with the Master Cylinder full of fluid and pump the lever on the tool and bingo the brakes are done.
Make sure you pump until there is no more air being pumped out and make sure you check the fluid in the Master Cylinder often.
One caliper took a couple of tries until it worked.
Also, buy a good bleeding tool, I got the cheap one and it leaked air and was a little hard to determine if it was bled out.

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