[V8] Bleeding the brakes

Coleman, David David.Coleman at blackrock.com
Thu Sep 29 09:27:48 EDT 2005

Absolutely you can bleed the brakes w/ a friend working the pedal. The only danger is if helper buddy is too brutal when pumping, which can damage the master cylinder seals.  

I'd set the car up on 4 jackstands and pull the wheels. WD-40 all bleeders. Fill the reservoir -- I use castrol LMA but frankly any house brand dot 3 will probably suffice. Crack all the bleeders and let gravity work while you call a friend, neighbor, or mildly gifted orangutang. 

After the gravity bleed barely does anything after 40 hours of standing there, have buddy SLOWLY + GENTLY depress the pedal about 3/4 of the way down and hold. Crack the r/r caliper screw to purge, then snug back up. Buddy then gently releases. Repeat until the fresh stuff comes out. Move around the car to the left rear, r/f, then l/f.  No jumping up and down on the pedal -- just down once and hold. After all have been done, you can go back around, to the fronts at least, and do the pumping thing, albeit gently...


David A. Coleman
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