[ROVERNET - UK] Bleeding brakes!

Steven Dibdin sdibdin at hotmail.com
Wed May 2 21:14:58 BST 2007

Thanks Eric,

I had tried that method, but the fluid seemed to be oozing out on each 
union. One thing I had noticed was the front brakes, when bled, didn't flow 
as well as the rear brakes. This was when we tried the combination of the 
mity vac and the foot pump. The rears flowed very well when both the vacuum 
and the foot pedal , but the front's flow didn't improve at all.

thanks again,


>From: Eric Russell <p6rovers at yahoo.com>
>Reply-To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>To: rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com
>Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Bleeding brakes!
>Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 22:24:09 -0700 (PDT)
>I didn't notice it said that the brake master cylinder
>had been overhauled or checked.
>Problematical bleeding:
>Try cracking the brake pipe junction on one of the
>outlet pipes from the M/Cyl, using a cloth to catch
>the leakage.  An assistant pushes the brake pedal to
>the floor while you loosen a fitting.  Fluid should
>ooze out.  Close the fitting while the pedal remains
>pushed to the floor.  Repeat with the other outlet
>Loosen each outlet fitting, in turn, at the end of
>each servo cylinder.  Floow the same procedure of
>loosening at the downstroke and tightening before air
>enters the system.
>Go to the rear caliper and bleed it.
>Go to the right front caliper and bleed it before
>completing the bleeding process on the left front.
>Some people have suggested bleeding the calipers while
>the car is running.  (A bit hot for the rear caliper
>Master cylinder trouble:
>Sometimes with a small leakage from the master
>cylinder a pumping action will give you brake while a
>single pedal push allows the fluid to squeeze past the
>seal and the M/Cyl is ineffective.  There are two
>M/Cyl seals which can leak.  Also the "tipping" valve
>must be correctly installed.
>Bye for now.
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