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Re: BLEEDING BREAKS ON 2004 RAM
You need someone actually in vehicle after you put the brake pads on start at one side have them pump the brake then hold down tight calipers until they are on rotor then do it again and again by then it should not be soft go to the next side and repeat the process
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there should be bleed screws where the rad hoses join to water pump,thermostat housing ,also run engine with the heater turned to full heat when doing the bleeding as can get air pocket in heater matrix
Pull the bleeder out and get someone to mash the brake pedal down. If it blast out put it back in and then tell your helper to let the brake pedal back up. Keep doing this until you have all new brake fluid coming out . If it is still plugged up you will have to take out the brake pad pistons and clean everything inside. Make sure the bleeder is clean inside.
Easy way is fill the master cyl.,leave the cap loose,open a bleeder gravity will do the rest ,wait till pure fluid runs out ,no bubbles,then the other side. Might take 10 min. or so per side but pumping the pedal and bleeding can leave some whipped up air. Have to keep an eye on the fluid in the master while gravity is working
when you bleed them do you make sure you have the cap off the break fluid reservor and have plenty of fluid and you gotta have some one pump the breaks a couple times and hold down while your bleeding them
have you replaced the thermostat , checked for leaks , etc. ? If so, when adding coolant did you bleed the system ? The system has to be bled of air bubbles . Almost all cars have a bleeding screw right at the thermostat housing. It is a regular screwdriver screw. you must bleed the cooling system after adding coolant . If you can't find a bleeding screw, get some thick gloves so you won't burn your hands . Turn the radiator cap until you hear air hiss out. Let it bleed until only coolant wants to come out into the reservoir. The car must be running to operating temperature when you blled the system.
try bleeding the brakes as a system. start by making sure the master cylinder is full. then have a Friend step on the brakes and release 3-5 times. the last one they should hold as you break lose the bleeder on the passenger side rear, then do the driver side rear ,(check fluid) next passenger front and then the driver side front do each wheel until you don't see any or hear any air, thats the way i have alwaysbleed brake systems. hope this helps
you need to check the break fluid level now i do think it is too late tho what it sounds like is air in your break system you need to bleed the breaks not doing so can damage the break booster you need to add fluid to the booster now as it will help and may not need bleeding if you keep driving the way it is you may loose your breaks all together which is a danger to you and others you need to have this attended asap it is not a hard job or expensive job when you put fluid in the car pump the breaks every time you need to or they get soft this forces the fluid through the pips altho the air may have no where to escape which is why we bleed them to let the air out hope this helps ricko