[200q20v] Brake bleeding

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Sun Jan 20 13:39:13 EST 2002

A vac system will work OK, but a faster, easier one-person procedure
is to  _pressure_ bleed, using a cap fitted with a Schraeder-valve on
the brake reservoir. To provide the low pressure that's needed, you
can use a commercially available hand-pump bottle. I simply use a
spare tire (lowered to about 15 psi) to pressurize the reservoir.
It's connected via a cheap12-ft coiled pressure hose fitted with a
couple of locking-type air chucks ($5 at Pep Boys). Complete
brakeline bleed can be done by one person in about 30 minutes.


>I've used an old refrigerator compressor as a vacuum
>pump at each brake... Never tried the clutch.
>I have the little bottle from the mityvac brake
>bleeding kit and it appears to work well once I get
>the compressor going.  Alas, I think the compressor
>was on its last legs and won't start next time I try
>to use it.
>You're supposed to bleed starting at the rear
>passenger and end at the rear passenger (yup, do it
>twice), something about making sure you get all the
>old stuff out.
>--- Brett Dikeman <brett at cloud9.net> wrote:
>>  At 3:21 AM -0500 1/19/02, Dmohlemacher at aol.com
>>  wrote:
>>  >What's the process for our cars (91 200 20v)
>>  Pretty simple..bleed the clutch(I have a victi...er,
>>  helper, press
>>  the clutch in, then I open the bleeder.  Close, then
>>  flip it around,
>>  open valve then press clutch, etc.  I do this a few
>>  times until fluid
>>  looks nice and clean.
>>  Then I move on to brakes...I've always started at
>>  the passenger rear,
>>  then moved to driver's side rear, then either
>>  front(probably driver's
>>  side front.)  I bet the Bentley contains the correct
>>  order.  If
>>  anyone knows why the order is important, I'm
>>  personally curious;
>>  doesn't seem like it should matter, save maybe
>>  something to do with
>>  either the proportioning valve or the ABS unit?
>>  >Is it the same for any other Audi/VW/Porsche?
>>  No idea.
>  > Brett

Phil Rose				Rochester, NY
'91 200q	(130 Kmiles, Lago blue)
'91 200q   (57 Kmiles, Tornado red)
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