Followed these instructions to the letter and pumped all the old Dr. Pepper from my brakes that was in it when I got it and wow. Amazing difference and probably the easiest brake bleed I have ever done. Thanks for this Joe! Worked like a charm! :biggrinFail proof bleeding. ........... TRUST ME
Get some teflon tape.
Get some clear aquarium hose.
Get a catch bottle for the fluid
Get a wrench to fit bleeders (8mm on most)
Get a phillips screw driver to remove reservoir lid
Get a NEW UNOPENED BOTTLE of QUALITY brake fluid. IMPORTANT!!.
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Put tape on the threads of the bleeders, being careful not to get it so low on the bleeders as to get under them. The teflon tape is important to keep air from seeping past the threads on the bleeders and into the system, as well as keeping the bleeder in place while you pump the lever.
Forget the "Pump pump pump, crack.... close... repeat" method. It sucks.
Attach the hose to the bleeders. Run that hose to a catch bottle well above the nipple you are bleeding, so you keep a column of fluid in the hose on top of the bleeder. This column of fluid in the hose on top of the nipples is very important to keep air from going back in the system
Crack the master cylinder bleeder, just enough that you still have some pressure on the lever as you pull it, but fluid is coming out of it also. pump until you get clean clear fluid out of the MC bleeder. I usually run one entire reservoir of fluid through the bleeder. Re-fill reservoir and move to lower right caliper.
Tap lines lightly with something
Crack bleeder on lower right caliper (with teflon tape on it) again just enough that fluid will pass out of it, but there is some effort at the lever. Run an entire reservoir through it. Close bleeder.
tap on lines again
Repeat with left caliper.
Repeat at all three bleeders, (meaning do this TWICE at EACH bleeder) using about one full reservoir at each bleeder.
remove all hoses and catch bottles. Clean up and ride.
Trust me, you will thank me later. Assuming you dont have a mechanical issue, you will now have the most firm lever you have ever felt in your life.
Some people argue going through that much fluid is "a waste". Truth is once a bottle of fluid is opened it is garbage anyway. So with that said, might as well run it through the system to flush out old fluid and bubbles before you throw the bottle away. Once it is opened it has started absorbing water from the atmosphere and is GARBAGE
Pump, and as your reservoir gets empty, keep it full. Dont let it get empty. Old fluid is going into the cup that the hoses are ran into. New is coming from a brand new bottle of fluid.ok, im new to brakes and pretty mechanically stupid. take the bleeders out and tape the threads. put the bleeders back in. loosen a little. attach hose to bleeder. then what exactly? im talkin barney style here. in not comprehending where the old fluid goes out and new comes in. i mean, i got the old out, but where is the new comin it?
Hi Moto_Joe,Crack the master cylinder bleeder, just enough that you still have some pressure on the lever as you pull it, but fluid is coming out of it also. pump until you get clean clear fluid out of the MC bleeder. I usually run one entire reservoir of fluid through the bleeder. Re-fill reservoir and move to lower right caliper.
I don't know if your 03 has a bleeder on it or not, but you do NOT want to try and bleed it through the banjo bolt. If you don't have a bleeder, bypass the master cylinder part and just bleed through the calipers.Hi Moto_Joe,
Just a lil confused and have a question. My master cylinder doesn't have an actual bleeder like the ones on the front calipers. Rather, it has like a banjo bolt. Do i just crack that open and let the fluid(entire reservoir) come out from there? So i would need lotsa dirty rags to catch the fluid as it is corrosive, correct? Please advice when you get a chance.