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Favorite Brake Bleeding Method?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by pontoon, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:24 PM
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    pontoon

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    Hey all, I've got a 4x4 that I'm going to swap out the brake hoses on. I've bled the brakes before doing a method that many people are nervous about doing. Here's what I do:

    1) Fill up the brake reservoir.
    2) Loosen a bleeder nut and attach a hose.
    3) Pump the brake enough to get the fluid flowing.
    4) Top off the brake reservoir.
    5) Repeat 3 and 4 until fluid is clean and free of bubbles.

    Repeat 1-5 for each brake caliper.

    I don't actually know how to bleed the rear brakes but I assume there's a bleeder back there too.

    Some people are concerned this method will lead to air being sucked into the caliper. In my experience the hose will have fluid all along it such that air can't get sucked in. It does back up a tiny bit but not enough to bring air in.

    Is this OK? If not, I've considered a power bleeder of some sort but prefer fewer large tools if I can avoid it. I don't have an air compressor or a place to hook one up (live in an apartment). Any tips would be appreciated!

    I know a helper with a similar procedure is best, but I try to avoid dragging someone (e.g. gf) out there to help on this one.
     
  2. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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  3. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:35 PM
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    This ^ and add this as well you will thank me the Motive one leaks like crazy https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JPJSBKW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  4. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:37 PM
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  5. Mar 15, 2019 at 3:59 PM
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    We just bled a clutch today with this one and not a drop dripped out.
     
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