Wheel Cylinder Replacement
So my wheel cylinders in the rear were both hemorrhaging brake fluid when I stomped on the brakes. So after many miles of downshifting WELL ahead of stop signs and ignoring honking cars, I decided to replace the cylinders, brake shoes, and hardware on Sunday (must say, drums are a PITA!).
Bled the lines last night with my wife and noticed what looked like some new liquid streaks going down the rear driver side tire. I'm *hoping* it was when I connected the bleeder tube and spilled some, but I'm worried that the NEW cylinder is defective.
Are wheel cylinders that fragile? Do the outer rubber caps actually hold in the fluid or are they there just to keep dust out? Is it possible I screwed it up on install? When I was replacing that one, I ended up taking it back to AdvAuto before putting it on because the rubber caps had cuts on them. I exchanged it and inspected the new ones... it looked fine.
Haven't driven it yet, but keeping my fingers crossed that the cylinder isn't leaking and that my bleeding job worked (the forums here have me scared that Jeep rear brakes are VERY finnicky to get working right/without air in the lines)
Everyone talks about bench bleeding the MC. I kept my MC in place (for now) because it seems to be working. However, would it be best to bleed my lines on a slight decline in my driveway because the MC is then level (as in during a bench bleed?)?
Another question- do I need to re-adjust the star wheel after driving for a bit (after seating the shoes?).
p.s.- While I had my RR tire off, I decided to replace my leaking fuel filler and vent hoses- DANG those new hoses are hard to get back on the tank!