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Old 13 Feb 2013, 09:51 am
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Default Size of Brake Bleeders?

I have been searching all over this site and web and I can't seem to find what size wrench I need for bleeding the brakes. Instead of trying it and finding that my wrenches don't fit or the offset is wrong, I'd like to pick one up at the local parts store when I get my brake fluid.
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Old 13 Feb 2013, 11:57 am
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

Typical brake bleeder wrenches are 5/16" x 3/8" and 8mm x 10mm.

Sorry, can't remember what size my PT takes .
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Old 13 Feb 2013, 12:16 pm
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

Should take either a standard 3/8 or 10 mm bleeder wrench. You want that nice offset bend. You'll still find the back bleeders to be a pain in the arse. You'll only get small turns to open the screw for bleeding, so loosen them first and position your wrench for the small turn to crack open the bleeder for the operation.

I've got a tip for you if you do vacuum bleeding. Before you bleed your brakes, first thoroughly clean the bleeder screw and area around the bleeder with brake cleaner and dry completely. Then take out the bleeder screw entirely and plug the hole for a second with a clean rag to keep fluid from leaking all over. Don't let the fluid level get low in the master cylinder either, or you'll draw in air. Then coat the bleeder screw threads with silicone grease and reinstall. (make sure it's silicone paste or grease. NAPA has a can of it). That tends to slow down or stop air being drawn in around the bleeder screw threads when you crack it to suck out the old fluid.
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Old 13 Feb 2013, 02:05 pm
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

Thanks, I'm only seeing 3/8" no metric, so I'll have to try that.
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

3/8 100%. Same exact size as the bleeder on the thermostat housing :-D i changed my bleeders last month :-)
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Old 13 Feb 2013, 07:31 pm
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

Great, dug around and I had a 3/8" brake wrench in the tool box, so I should be set.
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Old 15 Feb 2013, 11:52 pm
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Default Re: Size of Brake Bleeders?

Update: Apparently, the 2007 Base model (rear drums) has two different size bleeder valves. The 3/8" wrench fits the front, but the rear required an 8mm.

Easy job to do. Thanks all.
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