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Old 05-13-2014, 10:47 AM   #1
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Brake fluid flush on 1999 F53

I've investigated on line for proper procedure to do this and have come up with a plan. Thought I'd run it past this sage group here on irv2. MH has 72k miles on it. Has over 50% brake life left but being 15 years old and planning a trip from Indiana out west this summer, I think fresh brake fluid is smart?
My plan is to suck the master reservoir dry, fill with new, replace caps. Partner will depress brake pedal while I open passenger rear bleeder, continue this until I'm comfortable that new fluid is at bleeder. Repeat for remaining 3 wheels based on proximity to master cylinder.
Is this a reasonable approach?
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Old 05-13-2014, 02:46 PM   #2
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Absolutely perfect EXCEPT you will need to constantly monitor and top up the fluid level in the MC. It will get low just getting fresh fluid to the right-rear. If you let it get low enough to suck in a bubble of air you start all over again.
AND just to be clear, the procedure is:
1 - Crack open the bleeder.
2 - Assistant s l o w l y presses the brake pedal down, then holds it there.
3 - You close the bleeder, then the assistant releases the pedal so it returns up.
4 - Repeat 1 thru 3 until fluid runs clear.
5 - Don't let MC run dry.

Good decision on the brake maintenance and have a great trip!
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:22 PM   #3
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Have you checked the rear pads? The F53 chassis has a 50/50 brake proportioning system. Meaning equal pressure is applied to both the front and rear axle brake calipers. An automobile on the other hand generally has a 70/30 system, with 70% of the pressure applied to the front calipers.

Given the 50/50 braking system, and the fact that the rear axle carries double the weight of the front, it's likely that the rear pads are worn far more than the fronts.

I changed the pads out on our 2001 Adventurer with 75,000 miles on the odometer. I started with the fronts thinking they would be worn the worst. When I removed the calipers I could see they still had close to 50% of the material remaining. I was considering just putting them back on, but since I already had the pads I decided to replace them.

When I removed the rear calipers I could see the pad material was paper thin. I doubt they would have gone another couple thousand miles before it would have been metal to metal. 75,000 miles on a vehicle carrying that much weight is a lot of miles. Be sure to check ALL the calipers before making the assumption that the pads don't need replacement.
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Thanks Nick.. Appreciate the advise. I have 2 quarts of dot 4. I hope that's enough.
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I hope the brake caliper bleeder valves come loose when you try to open them! You should have been soaking them with PB blaster. I replaced all the calipers and rubber flex hoses on my rig last year. And purged the system with Dot 4.
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Olfart, I'll be sure to soak them.. Thanks
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I used to do the brake pedal pump routine till I bought one of these: Welcome to Motive Products! Professional Tools at DIY Prices

Makes flushing so much easier.
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I would ( and I did last weekend) change all four corners brake pads or at least remove the pads and inspect them. Last year I noticed (99F53 chassis) that the pads were starting to chip away. So to be on the safe side I replaced all of the brake pads. Used Ford new pads and they were like $55 a set. I got them from the dealer but I believe Rock sells them also. I also need to flush my brake lines but since my wife was out of town I was not able to last week as it would have been much easier with all the wheels off.
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