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Old 29 Oct 2015, 01:12 pm
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Default Replaced Caliper Need Help With Bleeding

I replaced the right front brake caliper and I have a couple of questions.

1- Is there a way I can bleed the brakes myself?

2-I am planing to only bleed the one caliper that I replaced. Is that Ok?

Thanks for any input.
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Old 29 Oct 2015, 01:30 pm
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Default Re: Replaced Caliper Need Help With Bleeding

they make a "one man bleeder"

http://www.autozone.com/test-scan-an...kit/46839_0_0/

they also make "speed bleeders"

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either will do what you want.
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Old 29 Oct 2015, 06:49 pm
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Thanks for the reply.

In the end I used this technique that I found in a YouTube video.

I did not completely flush the brake fluid as in the video, but I pumped out enough so that I had a clear (no air bubbles) column of brake fluid in my plastic tubing.
My caliper was way higher off the ground then the one shown in the video. So it was easier to create that fluid column.

Problem is my rear drum brake seized up and needs to be repaired so I don't know yet if the technique was effective.

Once I get it fixed I will check back in.

The video:

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Old 29 Oct 2015, 07:39 pm
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Just get someone to pump the brake while you bleed it. Just have your helper pump the brake till the get some peddle and hold it. Then you crack the bleeder open till the pedal goes to the floor. Close it. Then tell them to pump it again and hold it. Then do it again till you get only fluid with no air bubbles. You can place some clear hose on the bleeder and run into a container. You will need to put the wrench on first. Use the boxed end.
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Old 29 Oct 2015, 08:06 pm
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Just get someone to pump the brake while you bleed it. Just have your helper pump the brake till the get some peddle and hold it. Then you crack the bleeder open till the pedal goes to the floor. Close it. Then tell them to pump it again and hold it. Then do it again till you get only fluid with no air bubbles. You can place some clear hose on the bleeder and run into a container. You will need to put the wrench on first. Use the boxed end.
Problem was, today I had no one to pump the brake.
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Old 30 Oct 2015, 01:35 am
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Default Re: Replaced Caliper Need Help With Bleeding

I started installing speed bleeders in my cars 10 years ago and it's been super easy to bleed the brakes by myself ever since.
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Old 30 Oct 2015, 09:20 am
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The method in the video above is pretty good, but it would be better if you put a zip-tie on the bleeder to hold the tubing in place. Then you could press the brake pedal a lot harder to remover trapped air in the system better and ensure a good bleed.

I have a similar tool except I bought it years ago. It goes on the bleeder and has a plastic sleeve that pushes over the hose at the bleeder to hold it in place. The other end, instead of having a kinked tube, has a ball bearing on a spring blocking the exit. when pressure builds, the ball bearing moves to release fluid and air, and closes again when pressure stops to ensure no air enters back in. Basically the same principle as the kinked tube, but store bought.

I have used this method for years with great success.
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Old 31 Oct 2015, 10:38 pm
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Default Re: Replaced Caliper Need Help With Bleeding

So I got the rear drum brake unstuck to day.
I wanted to check back in and let you all know how the brake bleeding went.

I have not driven the car too much but so far it seems like the technique in the video did the job.
The braking is smooth and even with no fade and my stopping distances are well within range.

I will still keep an eye on it for the next week or two and if there is any change I will let you all know.

Thanks to you all for your replies including the guys that PM'ed me.
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