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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
rc356s #1326701 Wed Sep 18 2019 06:58 PM
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Special brake pliers are made for this purpose, inexpensive. Or a piece of rod, bent for a handle, grind a groove very near the end, getting deeper as one goes around the rod.


Last edited by EdPruss; Thu Sep 26 2019 01:09 PM.

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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
rc356s #1326708 Wed Sep 18 2019 08:20 PM
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As Ed suggested, brake spring pliers (and other brake tools) - make the job easier and quicker.

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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
rc356s #1326907 Fri Sep 20 2019 12:41 PM
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The correct tool as shown in the manual, uses the lining surface to pull against. That tool can make grooves and marks in the lining.

With all the posts that I have seen with problems bleeding the modified split brake system, it makes me wonder if the system would provide any braking at all when one system fails. I haven't seen a post where someone actually experienced this. I know that the split systems as they came from the factory did indeed work.

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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
rc356s #1327732 Wed Sep 25 2019 11:40 PM
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Bleed many of them but I always put a piece of material between the brake lining and the tool.

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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
Achipmunk #1328531 Wed Oct 02 2019 03:56 PM
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Surprised I could walk in to autozone and still get the correct MC. Had just
replaced 2 slave cylinders and MightyVac did the trick.
Clutch and brakes have more 'feel' than ever.

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Re: bleeding disk/drum brakes
rc356s #1328800 Fri Oct 04 2019 10:39 PM
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Some one mentioned pressure bleeding, that works good until a cap or cover leaks, then you have paint remover on everything. I much prefer vacuum bleeding, I use one of those oil suction pumps that way you have lots of capacity for the exhausted fluid.

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