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8.3 - Brake Bleeding and Fluid Replacement ( )

Bleeding can be done with a proprietary bleeding kit, or by the more traditional methods. Fluid replacement is achieved through an extended bleeding process, ensuring sufficient old fluid has been removed from the system to be replaced by new.

Bleeding should be done at each wheel, starting with the right rear, then left rear, right front and left front. Continually check and top up the level of fluid in the reservoir under the bonnet to ensure no air is introduced into the system. Free the bleed nipple, using a penetrating agent such as WD40 if necessary, before attaching bleed tubes etc.

If using the traditional two man method ( or one man, a piece of timber to jam between seat front and brake pedal and a lot of running around! ), attach some clear tubing to the bleed nipple and immerse the other end in a container of brake fluid.

Depress and hold the brake pedal down. Undo the bleed nipple just enough to allow fluid to flow. Any bubbles indicate air in the system and further bleeding is required. Gently retighten the bleed nipple as the fluid flow decreases, before all the pressure has gone, then release the brake pedal.

Repeat the above until all air bubbles have left the system or until the old fluid has been removed, whichever is the objective.


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