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Bleeding Brakes On A 360

I started bleeding my brakes today on my 360, and I was not getting enough fluid. It just did not seem right.

I am using this bleeder from GriotsGarage.com:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...rrivals&page=1

It is a tremendous assistant because it quickly extracts fluid, keeps it well contained, and nothing will spill!

I also purchased from Griots this flare nut wrench set. It is invaluable. This I highly recommend especially if you have an older car.

See:
http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...+wrench+set.do

So I set my compressor pressure to 75 lbs and little fluid. I up it to 90 lbs and still little. I was very concerned.

Then it dawned on me that the ABS valves are preventing the fluid from moving. I was right. Started the car, had my bride pump the brakes, and voila fluid came out like gang busters!

Now I have my killer brakes working again.

I used Pentosin Dot 4 fluid.

I did find that there was considerable caking in the resevoir! I have no idea what it was, and I thought I might have to take the whole unit apart to get it fully cleaned out.

However, I used the vacuum brake bleeder to suck out all the particles including the old fluid, and then I cleaned the residue with a clean rag. It was spotless before I added fluid.

I had neglected to change my brake fluid for a while. It was almost 3 1/2 years!

I suggest no one do that. Two years at the very most!

Torqued the wheel bolts to 74 lbs, and now it feels like a Ferrari.

As an aside, I would order and keep on hand a few brake bleeder screws. You never know when you might have a tough bleer that gives in and nas to be removed.

You can get Brembo bleeder screws at Porsche dealers. They are M10X1 and come 2 in a pack. They also come with the rubber seal caps. All Brembo brakes use the same bleeders.

Tatke your time, and you'll do a great job,

Don't forget to recycle the old brake fluid!
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