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> S60 Brake Fluid Flush, Using the Motive Power Bleeder
post Feb 16 2009, 11:27 PM
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Ok guys- this is half my experience, and half a product review, so bear with me. The R is up to 55K miles, and the brake pedal feels slightly mushy since I got her back from the dealership. So time for a brake fluid flush with my schmancy new Motive Power Bleeder.
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First, securely place you baby on jack stands, and remove the wheels.
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Then remove the cap to the master cylinder, and attach the bleeder. give it ten or so PSI, and check for leaks.
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Next, if everything is airtight, release the pressure gently, and add whatever brake fluid you will be using. reattach, and pressurize the system to about 15 PSI. Fluid will travel from the tank into the master cylinder. You will have air gaps in the line... don't panic, the reservoir will not usually go dry, as the fluid moves between the two.
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Now move to the wheel farthest from the master cylinder and get ready to bleed!
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crack open the nut, and the air pressure forces the old fluid, any debris, and any air out of the system. Here is a comparison of the old vs. new fluid coming from my right rear caliper:
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Keep draining until you get clean fluid, and then repeat for each caliper. Don't forget to add fluid if the tank runs low.

A shot of how nasty the used fluid was:
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A shot of a brake caliper large enough to be used as a murder weapon:
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All told, it was a 40 minute job, going at a VERY slow pace. (while taking pictures) In my limited opinion, this device beats the holy snot out of the two-person *pump pump* HOLD technique I grew up with, and is still way better than the handheld vacuum pumps. Worth the $65 I shelled out for it, (considering that the dealership wanted $90 to do it) especially since it works on the R, the 245, the Brides Jetta, and my Bus (with the extra adapter I bought)

thanks for reading, I hope it helps someone!!! If I included any errors, I'll be happy to edit.
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post Feb 17 2009, 04:09 PM
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Oh, the thought of those beautiful calipers being drowned is enough to make me cry. Sorry, first thought that came to mind...

Anyway, thanks for the tip. I think I'll get one of those bleeders if it was that easy.
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post Feb 17 2009, 04:28 PM
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They had a thorough cleaning don't worry. All the rust you see is just rotor discoloration due the R having sat on the stands for a day (yay humidity). I should have snapped the pictures while the rotors were still shiny.

Mention it as often as you like, I haven't personally lived it down yet. Even worse, the car was in water for a total of three minutes. It seemed like a lifetime until it started again.

It looks so much dirtier in these pics... makes me want to go home, put it back on the stands, and spend a weekend detailing the undercarriage. It makes me wish I actually had the time to do that.
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