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Old 05-11-2004, 21:24   #1 (permalink)
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How to flush out brake fluid?

As i am changing my master cylinder tomorrow i think i may as well flush out the brake fluid. How is this done? Do i just empty the reservior and refill it with brake fluid or do i have to empty the fluid through the lines?? Also what brake fluid do you recommend??

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Re: How to flush out brake fluid?

Dont let the reservior get empty at any time. All you do is bleed the brakes like normal, except keep topping up the reservior and keep bleeding until new stuff comes out. Repeat for each wheel, starting from rear left, then rear right, front left, front right.
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Re: How to flush out brake fluid?

shish thanks for that Mike Gayner... lucky i didnt do it the way i htought it should be done :S
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Re: How to flush out brake fluid?

If you are changing the master cylinder it will need to be bench bled first. This can be done by:

a) Filling the reservoir with brake fluid, running clear tubes from all outlets back into the reservoir and pumping the piston until their are no air bubbles, or
b) Putting the whole master cylinder reservoir into a large container (ie clean palstic icecream tub) full of break fluid and pumping the piston until no air bubbles to the surface, or
c) Using a Mityvac or similar pressure or vacuum bledding device on the outlets once the cylinder is installed.
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Re: How to flush out brake fluid?

ok i didnt knwo that, does this HAVE to be done? b looks like the easiest way to do it... for a, when you say run clear tubes from all outlets, you mean outlets from the master clinder?? thanks for this dude..
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ok i chnaged the master cylinder today and flushed out all the old fluid. The master cylinder cost $145 pbr non genuine and $215 pbr genuine, the difference is that the reservior tank on the non genuine is yellow and the one on the genuine one is white.. oh and i didnt get the ford box the genuine one came with! I bench bled the cylinder too. Hopefuly there will be no more brake failure and wow do the brakes feel better, they felt good before but now they feel awsome. Thanks for your help guys....
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