Re: [DML] Re: "Bench Bleeding"
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Re: [DML] Re: "Bench Bleeding"

Good advice, thanks very much, Dave.  I believe the flexible brake lines 
were OK (the brakes worked fine before I swapped everything), but I will 
definitely re-check more closely when I tackle the job again in spring.

The brakes were all working wonderfully before.  The brake fluid was 
long overdue for a change & the reservoir was damaged.  I was 
"freshening up" a lot of the car & I decided to swap out the m.c. & 
reservoir, pads, calipers, rotors all with new stuff, since I had the 
new parts anyway.  System was bled thoroughly: clear, clean fluid coming 
out of all the calipers properly, but now very weak braking, even back 
with the original calipers (which I know to be good from before).  Quite 
frustrating, but I'm sure the solution is simple.  Will tackle the 
master cyl. bleeding first and take it from there.

Thanks again for all the suggestions  (keep 'em coming if I've missed 
- ed

1982 DMC-12 [11594]
1986.5 928S
1990 Coupe Quattro 20V

Dave Swingle wrote:

>Good call - I've seen a couple of cars in the past year where the 
>flexible hoses between the calipers and the body are plugged solid. I 
>think age is catching up to some of this stuff and it's time to 
>replace things like this that you'd never consider a "wear-out" item 
>on a newer car. 
>First try bleeding the calipers - if you can't get anything (or very 
>much) to come out the bleeder, take the line off the caliper and try 
>again. I've seen at least a few where you could take the line off the 
>caliper, stand on the brake pedal with both feet and nothing would 
>come out!
>There are several nice SS braided alternatives available from the 
>usual (and unusual) vendors now. 
>Dave S.

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