bleeding the brake and clutch fluids

Old 03-28-2011, 05:20 PM
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bleeding the brake and clutch fluids

my question is. i dont have the tools and time to bleed the brake and clutch lines. so. can i just use a syringe to suck the old stuff out from the resevior. add new fluid. drive around a bit, suck old stuff out and repeat a several times? is that good enough?
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:42 PM
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is that good enough?
No!
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:44 PM
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why don't you bleed to death and suck this old stuff out?
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:00 AM
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my question is. i dont have the tools and time to bleed the brake and clutch lines. so. can i just use a syringe to suck the old stuff out from the resevior. add new fluid. drive around a bit, suck old stuff out and repeat a several times? is that good enough?
That actually works, I do it one time (repeating doesn't do anything) yearly, and have done so for many years on my vehicles.

It can actually be better on neglected systems, as all new fluid can cause seals to swell and fail.

Just be very careful, as brake fluid is a great paint remover.

The only time I bleed is when I change the pads.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:56 PM
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Planning on bleeding the clutch soon. I've begun to notice a bit more resistance in shifting between gears, so I'm thinking (or hoping) that a trans & clutch fluid flush will solve this issue. The clutch fluid is original; 45,000 miles old. The trans fluid is about half that.

So, I'm planning on doing a simple gravity bleed on the clutch...has anyone else done this with success, or problems??
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Old 08-22-2011, 07:19 AM
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So, I'm planning on doing a simple gravity bleed on the clutch...has anyone else done this with success, or problems??
I've done a gravity bleed with no problem! GL.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:06 PM
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gravity bleed, easy.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:35 PM
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When bleeding the slave cylinder I found it helpful to put the drain hose in a half full bottle of fluid. I bleed it until the air bubbles stop. The hose submerged in fluid helps keep it from sucking up air in the process.
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Attempted to bleed the clutch today...not quite as easy as I thought. Didn't have the right size tubing (or jack stands, or a creeper), so I just stopped right there before I got too frustrated. The bleeder is in a horrible place. Can the slave be removed from the tranny to bleed it??
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