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Old 08-06-2019, 02:56 PM  
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bleeding that master cylinder is NO FUN!!!

That little tiny push rod does not supply enough pressure to move air bubbles through out the system. You can pump all day and still have no peddle... Trust me I pumped and pumped on the focus and a 4.0l 1993 explorer.

The trick I use is to get some clear tubing and attach it to the bleeder at the transmission. Make sure it is long enough to hold it above the master cylinder. Fill the tube all the way with brake fluid. Open the bleeder (leave it open) and pump a few times you will see the air bubbles leaving the open system.With an open system the little push rod can move the air bubbles out. Just don't let the level of fluid in the tube get low enough to suck in air at the bleeder.... and you can always put the open end of the tube back into the jar of brake fluid to complete the system.
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People also have pushed fluid through. Get one of the 1000CC autmotive plungers and fill it with brake fluid and push it through the bleeder and fill the resiviour.
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All you can do is bleed it.
Was guna give that a shot this weekend and see if it'll draw down the break fluid.
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Have yall ever used one of these contraptions? Was thinking about using something like this.

https://www.harborfreight.com/brake-...kit-63391.html
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Have not used that.. I have used this, https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b.../51884/4753862 to push fluid into the clutch bleeder.
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Have yall ever used one of these contraptions? Was thinking about using something like this.

https://www.harborfreight.com/brake-...kit-63391.html
I was totally going to recommend a mighty vac. You might be able to vacuum the air out.

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I spent the 40$ on the harbor freight one for the master cylinder in the focus. Instead of pumping the pedal I squeezed that handle forever.... I still ended up doing the open system push.
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I spent the 40$ on the harbor freight one for the master cylinder in the focus. Instead of pumping the pedal I squeezed that handle forever.... I still ended up doing the open system push.
Using the syringe?
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I tried pulling as much vacuum as I could.... then open the bleeder.Hoping to pull the bubbles out. I also tried pushing positive pressure at the master to push them out at the bleeder. neither method would generate enough force to move the bubbles in the system. Only when the system was open could I get the dam bubbles to go anywhere!!

during my research I heard of a couple of guys who jacked the rear end/front end up at such an angle to let gravity move the bubbles up to the master. That was my next attempt... until I got the open system push to work.

It's just such a small system it is hard to get enough pressure to move the air bubbles that are trapped. It makes me sick that I did a clutch master cylinder for my Bronco (5.0L) in the parking lot of an autozone in 15 minutes. That was just pumping the pedal to pressurize the system enough to move all the bubbles out. This should be an easy operation but for the Ford rangers/Ford focus/ and 4.0L explorers it can be a challenge.
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I tried pulling as much vacuum as I could.... then open the bleeder.Hoping to pull the bubbles out. I also tried pushing positive pressure at the master to push them out at the bleeder. neither method would generate enough force to move the bubbles in the system. Only when the system was open could I get the dam bubbles to go anywhere!!

during my research I heard of a couple of guys who jacked the rear end/front end up at such an angle to let gravity move the bubbles up to the master. That was my next attempt... until I got the open system push to work.

It's just such a small system it is hard to get enough pressure to move the air bubbles that are trapped. It makes me sick that I did a clutch master cylinder for my Bronco (5.0L) in the parking lot of an autozone in 15 minutes. That was just pumping the pedal to pressurize the system enough to move all the bubbles out. This should be an easy operation but for the Ford rangers/Ford focus/ and 4.0L explorers it can be a challenge.


Interesting, what a mess! So when you say open system, do you mean leave the line off the slave cylinder?
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