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Old 07-08-2010, 07:46 AM   #1
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Brake Fluid Change

I want to change the fluid in my 2004 Brave on a F53 chassis. My question is. Is there any thing different in chancing fluid on a antilock brake than on a regular brake? I have changed fluid on cars and motorcycles but never one with antilock brakes.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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The first thing is syphon the old fluid out of the master cyl. and wipe the bottom of the master cyl. with a clean cloth. Refill with clean fluid and the rest is the same. keep the master cyl. full because the important thing is not to let any dirt or air get in the system.
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Old 07-08-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
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For Anti-lock systems you should use a pressure or vacuum bleeding setup.

If you do the old "crack the bleeder while someone pressed down on the brake pedal" system, I have read that when the pedal hits the floor it can trigger the anti-lock fault light to come on. I have no experience if this is actually true but it sounds reasonable.

All that said - I use a Harbor Freight hand operated vacuum pump (Mighty-Vac knockoff) to bleed brakes, normal and anti-lock, and never had a problem.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Don't turn the key on. I have a workhorse chassis and do this every two years with no problems. The wife and I use Two way radios to know when to push the brake and when to let up. It would be a good idea if every one would do this as part of their maint.
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Thanks for all the replies. I do have a MightyVac and that is the way I plan to do it.

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