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What is the proper way to bleed my rear brakes?

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There are to ways to blled your rear brakes first way is a gravity bleed take the top off the master cylinder fill it with brake fluid then open both bleeder screws on the rear once you get a flow of brake fluid coming out you can close them fill up the master and dont forget to pump your brakes before you start the car or you can have someone sit in the car and do the pump down method. Have that person pump the brakes until the pedal is hard tell them to push down on it you open the bleeder screw and the pedal will go to the floor and fluid will come out of the bleeder screw advise that person to not let the pedal go until you close the line once you close the line do it again til you get a straight flow of fluid coming out then repeat the same thing on the other side, Always start on the rear passenger side then the rear drivers side and keep an eye on the master cylinder you dont want to run it dry and when pump bleeding it the top should be on the master. Good luck

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Jennifer, some brake systems have special procedures to bleed brake systems, some systems have to be plugged into a special scan tool which will cycle different solenoids to allow proper bleeding. You may have to get a good technician with proper equipment to bleed the brakes.

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    If there is a substantial fluid eruption, there are air bubbles still trapped in the system. You must repeat the bleeding procedure to remove that air. A modest disturbance in the fluid returning to the reservoir indicates a properly bled brakesystem.

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Car and DriverIf there is a substantial fluid eruption, there are air bubbles still trapped in the system. You must repeat the bleeding procedure to remove that air. A modest disturbance in the fluid returning to the reservoir indicates a properly bled brake system.

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you have to do a full vehicle brake bleed you cannot just do the rear and its the split diagonal bleed. there are bleeder screws on each brake caliper in this order. front driver, rear passanger, front passanger, and then rear driver. i recommend that you do a pressure bleed but you will have to go to a dealer or a known place where they have the proper eqiuptment. Hope this helps.

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Changed both front (rears are drums and did not change) brake calibers and pads on my 1998 F150 pickup 2 wheel drive. In doing so I let the master cylinder go empty. How do I bleed the brakes now. I have...


your probably going to have to bleed the entire system.1st try & bleed the master cyl.
basicly the same as you would bleed the front/rear brakes. pump pedal & hold while someone
loosen the brake line on the master cyl. after m/c is bleed move to r/r,l/r,r/f,l/f wheels in
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I changed about everything,cylinders calipers,shoes,pads,and new rotors. then after following correct bleeding proceedures still no pedal.oh, and no e- brake either .what the heck am i doing wrong?(1991...


If you have no e brake that tells me your problem is something to do w/rear brakes. Pull your re brakes back apart and make sure everything is seated properly. Sounds like you didn't adjust rear shoes out far enough. Double check rear adjustment THEN bleed again - rt rear -> lft rear ->rt frt -> lft frt.

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I replaced rear calipers bled brakes brake on on dash and abs light is on replaced all park brake cables no rear brakes how do i adjust rears and bleed properly, do i have to do something with computer


When bleeding brakes always bleed the wheel furthest away first and then finish at the left front. if you don't get rear brakes after several attempts...chances are your master cylinder will be bad...On the brakes...check the sensors at the rear and make sure the wires are all connected and the sensors are clean/tight. The do sometimes go bad...but not that often. Are you bleeding the brakes properly? Two person or a one person with or without a one man assist unit? The easiest is the two man bleed. Have someone in the car and to gently pump the brakes until you get a nice firm pedal then have them hold down the pedal very firmly...Loosen the bleeder quickly so it pushes/flushes out the lines of dirt and air...about 8-10 times would be common for the back before a good flush/bleed is complete. When the valve is cracked open the pedal should go to the floor and should be held there until the bleeder is completely closed again...then repeat the pedal procedure until you get a nice clean stream of brake fluid and no air in it flowing from the bleeder. NOTE about every three or four times make sure you top off/check you brake fluid in the master cylinder to keep it from running out and getting more air into the system.

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This indicates that you have air in the brake system or something isn't mounted properly. You'll need to inspect to see if there is anything not properly mounted, I'll deal with the brake bleeding:

You will need to bleed the brakes from the right rear first, then the left rear, right front, then left front brake, all without letting the brake Master Cylinder resivoir from getting low while doing the bleeding.

You may even want to start with the master cylinder to make sure it's bled properly by loosening the lines there first, bleeding them & then continuing to the system. Use the guide below for best results.

Bleeding brakes properly:
1. 2 people are required to do this properly, forget one man bleeders, they do work, but don't talk back or identify problems as they can't see what's happening. As a safety feature it's good to have another person nearby when someone is getting underneath a vehicle. Even my wife has had to do the pedal pushing in my household when I didn't have an assistant and needed to bleed either a brake system, or a clutch system.

2. Never let the fluid go beneath half way down when bleeding the brakes.

3. When adding fluid to the master cylinder, use a funnel to allow the fluid to run down the side into the cylinder, or use a syringe to prevent air from entering the fluid as you pour it.

4. Always pump the brakes slowly, release them slowly. Fast pedal action causes the fluid to rise into the air, allowing air to enter the system.

5. Pressurize the system by pumping repeatedly until the pedal is as firm as it will get, continue to hold that pedal down until the person bleeding the brakes, has released the air by loosening the bleeder valve, then make sure the line is tightened BEFORE releasing the brake pedal slowly. Pump the pedal again to build pressure, & bleed the brake again the same way until air stops coming out & only good fluid is seen. Proceed to the next farthest line.

If done this way, the brakes will be properly bled and if there are no leaks, the system should work properly. If you identify a leak, repair and start over.

good luck

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A perssure bleeder is the best way to bleed the brakes. You can't properly just bleed one or two lines. You must start with the left rear, then right rear, then front right and finally front left. Any other order will just push a bubble around.

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Its probably how your bleeding your brakes, but first make sure the bleeding nipples are facing upward. You should bleed diagonaly, front pass wheel then rear driver wheel. Then front driver wheel and rear pass wheel. The abs light has its own computer your have to get it scanned to clear the codes and turn off the light

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