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I prefer to use a vacuum bleeding technique. Harbor freight sells a tool with a 1 quart reservoir that I use. It uses compressed air through a venturi to create a vacuum. I like to flush the entire system when bleeding the brakes. I do this by first removing the reservoir cap and sucking out all the fluid with the tool. I then refill it with fresh fluid. With your reservoir cap removed, plenty of fluid in it and the vacuum line on the bleeder screw, close the valve on the tool to start building a vacuum in the line, then with a wrench (most often a 10 or 11mm and I prefer using flare nut wrenches), crack the bleeder screw open by turning it counter clockwise at least 1/2 turn. You'll see the fluid flowing through the line. Watch for it to clear up. Often the air bubbles you see are coming from the base of the bleeder screw as opposed to being air bubbles in your line. Good luck!

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