Question about 2001 Ford Windstar
For the home mechanic I recommend having a helper with this procedure.
First, make sure that all of the dirt, grease etc are removed from each of the bleeder screws. A quick shot of brake cleaner will normally take care of this issue.
Make sure you have ample fluid of the correct type available.
You may need to jack up the vehicle and remove the wheel/tire for access. Make sure you use jackstands if you have the vehicle lifted for your own safety,
Start by topping up the master brake cylinder, check it after each bleeding operation and top it off - DO NOT ALLOW it to be emptied.
Place something about 2" inches tall, block of wood would work, beneath the brake pedal. You do not want the pedal to go all the way to the floor. Begin with the left front, have your assistant pump the pedal 3-5 times and then hold it with pressure. Open the bleeder valve allow the air/fluid to escape. Repeat this three times or until you have a solid stream of fluid from the bleeder valve. After three times, re-check the master cylinder and top off if needed.
Move to the right front, then left rear and right rear. On older vehicles with a single master cylinder this pattern is a little different. With newer vehicles and the dual master cylinders this pattern works every time.
The pedal should feel much stiffer when the bleeding is completed. Remove the block of wood, replace wheels/tires and then very carefully move the vehicle testing the brakes. You may see the ABS light on your dash, but once the ABS valve recenters itself, the light should go out.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
It is helpful to have two people to do this. Also helps to slightly raise the end of the car you are doing. There is a bleeder valve for each wheel that you access from the back. Usually about an 8mm wrench will work. pump the brake until the pedal is hard and hold pressure the open the bledder valve (counter clockwise) and shut it right away so no air gets in. You will make a mess because brake fluid will spray out so be prepared. Make sure the fluid level is watched and keep adding fluid of air will get in there too. If this is helpful please reply and good luck
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
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