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7.6 - Bleeding The Brakes ( )

First some tips:

1) Rear brakes won't bleed very well (at all?) unless power assist is pumped up.

2) With power assist you can push a lot of fluid out without knowing it. Bleed tube has nasty habit of blowing off - just when you think things are going well this lake of brake fluid appears!

3) You need 2 Quarts of fluid

4) To drain system, undo steel "brake" line that runs from electric pump/ accumulator to top of master cylinder. Put plastic tube from this into container and turn ignition switch to first position. Pump will then empty most of reservoir. Drain rest through brake lines to wheels (after replacing line to master cylinder). This method works well because pump has lowest point on reservoir.

5) Electric pump doesn't like to self prime. Undo pipe (mentioned in 4) and let air bleed out with ignition in first position. If this doesn't work, remove pump and turn it sideways.

6) Replacing clip on pin that holds master cylinder rod/ fork to brake pedal is tricky as you have to work inside small hole (where rubber bungs are). Take a 3 inch nail or similar diameter piece of metal and make an "L" shape. This can be pushed through loops on clip and make it easier to position. Also hold down brake pedal a fraction so that pin is moved away from access opening (but not too far away). A long stick off the front seat works fine. The "tool" can then be used to position the clip in the groove on the pin. Once this is done, it is fairly easy to push it on.


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