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Old 06-27-2013, 06:50 AM   #1
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Brake Bleeder Valve

So I am going to be doing brakes and rotors this weekend and was wondering if anyone knew what size tubing will fit the stock bleeder valve? Is it the same as what is used for draining the oil filter.

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So I am going to be doing brakes and rotors this weekend and was wondering if anyone knew what size tubing will fit the stock bleeder valve? Is it the same as what is used for draining the oil filter.

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3/8th inch fit mine.
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3/8 inside diameter?
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3/8 inside diameter?
Yep, should be listed that way on the shelf at any hardware store.
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Yep just making sure. the 5/16" id oil filter drain hose I have will work just fine I think. on 1/16" of an inch on the small side
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Should work.

Also, I just bled my brakes last weekend (without a kit). The hose I used had thicker walls (it was hosing I had left over from A/C work) and was a bit difficult to work with. Thinner, more flexible hose would have made it a tad easier.

I also found it easier to use the short wrench (like 4" long) to loosen/tighten the bleeder with the hose attached. At first, I just grabbed the regular one (like 8" long) and kept knocking it against everything.

Just some stuff I ran into that might save someone the trouble.
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Thanks good info. I think my biggest challenge will be getting it to break free initially.
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Thanks good info. I think my biggest challenge will be getting it to break free initially.
After 8 years mine weren't too bad to break free, although the rear bleeder caps had rotted off and rusted up the surface underneath. Fronts were perfect, both caps and screws.
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After 8 years mine weren't too bad to break free, although the rear bleeder caps had rotted off and rusted up the surface underneath. Fronts were perfect, both caps and screws.
Same here, I bought new caps from autozone and they fell off after a couple of weeks. So I went to the stealership and got new ones for $5.00....
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Im not messing with the back brakes this time only the fronts. I've never dont drum brakes before so that will be saved as an adventure for another day.
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Im not messing with the back brakes this time only the fronts. I've never dont drum brakes before so that will be saved as an adventure for another day.
All 4 of mine were the same process for bleeding them. But I have not changed the brakes yet.
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A few good tips already stated, a couple of my own to add:

-saturate the bleeder with PB Blaster or equivalent a couple days before.
-use the boxed end of the wrench so it contacts all sides, which will help you avoid rounding it off (you may even want to go purchase a couple new ones if yours are rusty/bad shape)
-use bent coat hanger or very short bungee to hang the caliper out of the way while you work on the rotor.
-get a can or two of brakleen/similar and spray the snot out of everything. Greasy fingerprints or residues on the rotors or pads can mess them up while your breaking them in.
-make sure you push the piston back into the caliper slowly and evenly. I use an old heavy C-clamp centered in the piston. Check the seal for wear and tear.

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Yota lover thanks for the tips... And they are exactly what I was going to do except I was going to use a 6 sided socket to break the bleeder valve free before I pushed the piston back. I've done brakes and rotors before just not on the taco. Shouldnt be to different. Also I have been spraying all of the bolts I will need to remove for the last 2 days. I hope it makes this a little easier.... my luck it will rain again tonight.
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Can't you just use a c-clamp for the calipers instead of bleeding?

I have never had to do toyota brakes myself yet.
On other vehicles I have c-clamp method and open the cap on the master cylinder but on the toyota there is chance a of damaging the abs sensor according to jeep4x4 (chris4x4) so i will go the safe route here plush flushing some of the old fluid out of the calipers wont hurt anything.
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Yota lover thanks for the tips... And they are exactly what I was going to do except I was going to use a 6 sided socket to break the bleeder valve free before I pushed the piston back. I've done brakes and rotors before just not on the taco. Shouldnt be to different. Also I have been spraying all of the bolts I will need to remove for the last 2 days. I hope it makes this a little easier.... my luck it will rain again tonight.
LOL, yeah, just wasn't sure how familiar you were. If you've done rotors before you'll be all set

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On other vehicles I have c-clamp method and open the cap on the master cylinder but on the toyota there is chance a of damaging the abs sensor according to jeep4x4 (chris4x4) so i will go the safe route here plush flushing some of the old fluid out of the calipers wont hurt anything.
I always bleed mine anyway in an effort to force out older fluid and get in some fresher stuff (and to double check). Good info on the ABS sensor... All this newfangled technology
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Good info on the ABS sensor... All this newfangled technology
Isnt that the truth. Any more technology and I wont be able to do my own work.

Here is the link to 4x4's post

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Isnt that the truth. Any more technology and I wont be able to do my own work.

Here is the link to 4x4's post

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I hear that. Much obliged for the link! Happy wrenching!
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On other vehicles I have c-clamp method and open the cap on the master cylinder but on the toyota there is chance a of damaging the abs sensor according to jeep4x4 (chris4x4) so i will go the safe route here plush flushing some of the old fluid out of the calipers wont hurt anything.
That is good to know. I have not had to do any brakes on an ABS equipped vehicle yet.

Definitely soak the bleeder nipple with some PB Blaster the day before to make it easier to loosen. I have snapped them off before. And don't use a crescent or open end wrench. The get rounded off easily.
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