What is the best system for one-man bleeding?
Depends on the person. But, you can try the eze-bleed: a pressure
bleeding system, the foot valve on the end of the bleeder hose system,
the vacuum bleeder system, a reverse flow pressuer system like most
shops use, or the jar and tube with fluid in the jar. For the most part
on any vehicle I've used the jar and tube.
I have the vacuum bleader, but found that air passes between the bleeder
screw and housing so you always see bubbles in the tube. The vacuum
bottle also almost always fills up before your done necessitating
emptying it. Then you must also make sure the master is always full.
So, I just use a hose with some fluid in a pint jar as a catch bottle.
1. Fill the master,
2. Place box wrench on bleeder nipple and then add the clear plastic
3. Place other end of hose in about 1/2" of brake fluid, although if
bleeding the whole system just start witht he bottle empty.
4. Loosen the bleeder screw about 1/2 turn
5. Pump the brakes SLOWLY. The return stroke is the most important as
when old fluid or air could be "sucked" back into the system.
6. Do ten cycles and check the master's fluid level. If it's not too
low do a
few more cycles. You can pump the master down to about 1/2" of the
but again, it's important to let the pedal up SLOWLY. Otherwise you
risk of sucking air into the system at the master too!
7. Memorize, or write down the number of cycles you can go through
master needs refilling.
8. Most of the time, if the bleeder is open far enough you can press
down with your hand rather than getting into the car.
9. Even with this method, you will quite ofter see bubbles in discharge
as the fluid passing down due to gravity flow will "suck" air around
10. Removing the screw starting and smearing RED BRAKE grease onto the
helps some to keep the air out.
11. AFter several pump cycles, close the bleeder screw and try the
They should be HARD. Any sign of softness means there is still air
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