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Old 01-18-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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Replace Caliper *help needed

I'll be replacing my rear drivers caliper tomorrow because it keeps sticking, but I was wondering if I need to bleed the brakes after I do it? Does it depend on how the pedal feels or should I just do it anyway.

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replaceing what the pads or rotors? i would at least get some new pads and the rotors resurfaced
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i put the pads and rotors on today but the caliper is sticking (which is why i had to do pads, etc.). so tomorrow i'm picking up the caliper and i need to know if i have to bleed the whole system just because i put on a new caliper. thanks.
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Yes. When you disconnect the brake line from your caliper and install the new caliper, which is full of air, you will need to bleed that caliper or you'll have a very spongy brake pedal at best and no brakes at worst!
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Thanks. Just talked to my mechanic and you're right, you just have to bleed that one caliper and it should be fine without bleeding the other 3 (assuming no air got in elsewhere)
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Yup. Just make sure you have plenty of fluid in the master cylinder resevoir so you don't pull air in from the top.
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yep you can bleed just one , just like tczx3 said make sure you dont go low on fluid and take it easy until you test incase air did get in somewhere.
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Thanks. Just talked to my mechanic and you're right, you just have to bleed that one caliper and it should be fine without bleeding the other 3 (assuming no air got in elsewhere)
Bleed all four! You cannot make that assumption. You need to get ALL of the old fluid out and replace it with fresh fluid for the entire system to work at optimal conditions. Don't cheap out now. Brakes are too damn important.
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