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Old 05-08-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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Bleeding surge brakes?

I need to bleed the brakes on my Demco KarKaddy 460 SS. How do I activate the rod at the master cylinder? Pushing the coupler in by hand doesn't seem to work. Any help appreciated.
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You have to use a bar clamp, have someone squeeze the clamp while you open the bleaders
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I recently bled the brakes on our MasterTow dolly....I know it's a different brand than yours. Per the owner's manual, I used a standard screw driver by inserting it into a slot near the cylinder used for that purpose and pumping the m/cylinder. Very straight forward....worked great. Perhaps you have a similiar setup.

If you don't have an owner's manual, you might check at the manufacturer's website. Many times, they have service tips and/or instructions there. You might also call them for tech assist.

Please let us know how you make out....thanks!
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I recently bled the brakes on our MasterTow dolly....I know it's a different brand than yours. Per the owner's manual, I used a standard screw driver by inserting it into a slot near the cylinder used for that purpose and pumping the m/cylinder. Very straight forward....worked great. Perhaps you have a similiar setup.

If you don't have an owner's manual, you might check at the manufacturer's website. Many times, they have service tips and/or instructions there. You might also call them for tech assist.

Please let us know how you make out....thanks!
Thanks. There is a hole in the tongue forward of the master cylinder where you are to insert a screwdriver to reset the breakaway lever. So, in effect I would be pumping the breakaway lever. Makes sense. Thanks.
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Thanks for getting back so soon. Sounds like you've found it. Good deal.....
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You could do it the easy way and use a brake bleeder that pulls a vacuum on the bleeder screw. Doing it this way makes it a one man job. Just remember to keep the master cylinder full.

http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-b...kit-92474.html
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Thanks. There is a hole in the tongue forward of the master cylinder where you are to insert a screwdriver to reset the breakaway lever. So, in effect I would be pumping the breakaway lever. Makes sense. Thanks.
Well. So much for that idea. The KK 460 SS break away lever is actually a cam. Pull cable forward. Cable turns cam and cam locks the master cylinder in the activated position (brakes on) until you insert a screw driver and turn the cam to open position.

So. Long story short (after I disassembled the entire master cylinder system.) Place a pry bar (long, sturdy screwdriver) behind the damper/shock bolt and at the front of the push rod assembly. Move the bottom end of the pry bar forward and it pushes the push rod assembly to the rear activating the brakes. Just like pumping the brake peddle.

Now I'm sitting here wondering along with others why I asked the question in the first place.
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Now I'm sitting here wondering along with others why I asked the question in the first place.[/QUOTE]

I hope that comment didn't offend anyone. It was meant in jest. It has been said that I have a weird sense of humor.
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Now I'm sitting here wondering along with others why I asked the question in the first place.
I hope that comment didn't offend anyone. It was meant in jest. It has been said that I have a weird sense of humor.[/QUOTE]


Hey, don't even give it a thought! I, for one, certainly understood your comment. Believe me, many of us have been there at one time or another. Just glad you sorted it out....good for you!
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You could do it the easy way and use a brake bleeder that pulls a vacuum on the bleeder screw. Doing it this way makes it a one man job. Just remember to keep the master cylinder full.

Brake Bleeder & Brake Bleeder Vacuum Pump Kit
On order. I should have gotten one years ago. But. Well, I'm a tight wad. Now that the volunteer work force (our hot rod kids) has moved on Ole Dad works by himself. This will come in handy.

Remember the days of pump, pump, pump. Ah, pressure. Put 2 x 4 against seat and brake pedal. Run around and bleed brake. Pump, pump, pump.
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