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Old 05-27-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Where are the bleeder screws located on 2000 Focus?

This may sound like a noob question. Where are the bleeder screws located in a 2000 Ford Focus ZX3? I know the bleeder screws are located near the caliper for disc brakes at the front of the car. My back brakes are drum brakes, where would the bleeder screw be located there? Another noob question: do I need to remove the brake pads/brake shoes when changing brake fluid or can they stay on?

I'm asking because the my brake fluid is due for changing soon and would like to know where things are for the job. Thanks for the help


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if I had my wheels off, I'd take a pic for ya.

mine were completely frozen - I even had someone torch them and they still wouldn't budge. So, just be careful not to strip or break them.

Also, I tend to be a little cautious about stuff, so I personally wouldn't use penetrating lube on them.

P.S. no need to remove pads/shoes for bleeding.
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Look at the top back of the caliper, near the slider bolt & hose. For the rear, at the top of the backing plate next to the brake line. If you're lucky, they'll still have the factory rubber caps on them (keeps the dirt out).

I'd actually vote to use penetrant on them, and spray them at least weekly for a couple weeks B4 trying to loosen. Just be careful in front, you don't want to get any oil on pads/rotors for obvious reasons!

On an older car, once they are loose you actually want to pull them out & clean them (blow through, use a small drill bit by hand if needed to clean crud out) then reinstall with some never-seize on the threads B4 bleeding. This will make the process much easier & the lube helps seal the threads so you don't see as many false bubbles when bleeding.

Broken bleeders are a pain, since this is for maintenance you can soak 'em & try again later if any don't want to come out right away.

Clear hose is handiest for bleeding, but any you can drop into a bottle to watch for bubbles in the fluid removed will work to let you see when new clear fluid is coming out.

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