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Old 02-17-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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To Bleed or Not to Bleed...

...im ready to do the pads, car only has 53k. how important is it to bleed the lines @ this milage? fluid is a bit dark, not too contaminated, brakes have always worked well. And if its a must, will the focus sport (motive actually) bleeder kit do the job. the reason i ask is that i went through all the brake forums here and lots of complaints about diy traditional bleeding and the "spongy" pedal feel afterwards, oh and "how to forums" not working.


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The motive bleeder does a VERY good job. It is so easy to bleed brakes with it and I would highly recommend it.

And yes I think you should bleed em. Most guys I read in here and myself usually do it about once a year. If the fluid is dark then you should do it as it has absorbed moisture. If you do you will notice an increase in brake feel and they will feel more responsive as well as the fluid will not compress as much.

I have tried the pump method and the vacuum pump method and neither got air outta the system like the pressure bleeder. (i was dumb and opened a bleeder valve with no intentions of bleeding it..... air got in everywhere) I would highly recommend the 60 bucks for the pressure bleeder.
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...im ready to do the pads, car only has 53k. how important is it to bleed the lines @ this milage? fluid is a bit dark, not too contaminated, brakes have always worked well. And if its a must, will the focus sport (motive actually) bleeder kit do the job. the reason i ask is that i went through all the brake forums here and lots of complaints about diy traditional bleeding and the "spongy" pedal feel afterwards, oh and "how to forums" not working.
Bleed the brakes at the time of ANY brake job. Brake fluid starts absorbing water from the atmosphere the second its exposed to it. Water contaminated fluids have a much lower operating temperature. They can easily boil which allows air gases in the system That's the enemy to good braking...moisture and air. The only way to get rid of it is to purge (bleed) the system. I recommend Castrol LMA and Valvoline Synpower brake fluids as they both have low moisture absorbing properties and as such, last and perform a little longer. Both are relatively cheap as well.
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Bleed the brakes at the time of ANY brake job. Brake fluid starts absorbing water from the atmosphere the second its exposed to it. Water contaminated fluids have a much lower operating temperature. They can easily boil which allows air gases in the system That's the enemy to good braking...moisture and air. The only way to get rid of it is to purge (bleed) the system. I recommend Castrol LMA and Valvoline Synpower brake fluids as they both have low moisture absorbing properties and as such, last and perform a little longer. Both are relatively cheap as well.
YEP!

To carry a step further, I also recommend that you flush & bleed the system at least once per year.

It will go a long way to increase the longevity of the braking system.
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how do you recommend flushing the system?
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Bleeding = flushing
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cool cool. thats what i usually do. grab a few quarts of fluid and pump till its clear! i haven't owned a vehicle that shared hydraulic systems (brakes+clutch).
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you wont ever get a spongy feeling after bleeding the brakes, that is if you do it correctly.
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I'll be bleeding this spring (when the snow melts...) and i don't even have to do pads/rotors... its just that time again...
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People in especially humid areas would be advised to do it more frequently as well.
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