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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:07 am    Post subject: Bleeding Brakes Reply with quote

Hi All

Just a question on the correct technique for bleeding the brakes, I received a brake bleed kit from Europa, effectively a syringe and what’s basically a metal screw in funnel.

I’m assuming the funnel bit screws into the top of the cylinder on the finger brake itself but what do i do with the syringe?

Also it recommends dot 5 brake fluid to top up, is there a suitable alternative as dot 5 is proving difficult to get in Ireland?

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Eoin

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Bleeding Brakes Reply with quote

Your are correct in that the funnel screws into the top of the master cylinder.

I use the syringe to push the fluid up through the bleed screw on the slave cylinder and then through the line into the master. Pushes air out at the same time.

Alan

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On 18 Oct 2018, at 10:06, Eoin Maguire <eoinmaguire(at)hotmail.com> wrote:



Hi All

Just a question on the correct technique for bleeding the brakes, I received a brake bleed kit from Europa, effectively a syringe and what’s basically a metal screw in funnel.

I’m assuming the funnel bit screws into the top of the cylinder on the finger brake itself but what do i do with the syringe?

Also it recommends dot 5 brake fluid to top up, is there a suitable alternative as dot 5 is proving difficult to get in Ireland?

Kind Regards
Eoin



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Bleeding Brakes Reply with quote

Alan is correct in what he says. I take it you have a mono? If so let me share my experience with you. I have a mono and bleed the brake pushing fluid up from the bottom. However after 4 or 5 times of doing this the lever was still spongey. The reason for this is that the master cylinder is at an angle so air is still trapped in the front section of the cylinder. In order to remove this air I pushed the fluid up from the bottom until the metal cup you screw in gets half full then PUMP the brake lever until no more bubbles come into the cup and you can just see the fluid being sucked in and out. Then close off the bleed nipple on the caliper and suck some of the fluid in the metal cup up with the syringe.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Bleeding Brakes Reply with quote

I can't remember where I got these instructions from, but they work fine for the mono:

Brake Bleeding

Funnel; 10 ml syringe; 5 mm allen key; DOT 3 or 4 brake fluid.

1. Remove filler plug & screw the funnel in its place.
2. Pull brake lever smoothly fully aft. Brake fluid should appear in the funnel. Hold the lever aft.
3. Insert the syringe into the funnel and suck out as much fluid as possible. Discard fluid.
4. Nearly fill the syringe with clean fluid and empty into funnel.
5. Release the lever gently, insert the syringe as far as possible and suck out remaining fluid.
6. Remove funnel - the fluid should be just below the uppermost level of the master cylinder.
7. Refit plug. Master cylinder is now bled; if the lever is not firm, brake callipers need bleeding.

HTH

Paul M
383 XS Mono 912S
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