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For thos doing disc brake swaps

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by wraenking, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. wraenking

    wraenking 1/2 ton status

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    well, after a few days of trying to bleed my rear brakes with the caddy calipers, i just learned that you first have to have your e brake set before you can bleed them or as in my case you will always have a spongy pedal


    the fix:

    jack up the rear, and disconnect the ebrake lines. spin each wheel and ratchet the e brake lever (on the caliper) until you feel friction on the tire. reapeat for othe side, hook the e brake lines back up, and re bleed system.


    after a couple of days of fighting this, i was done in about ten minutes.

    dont get me wrong, at first it WILL take a while to bleed.

    thanks
     
  2. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    As I understand it, the calipers should "self adjust" tighter when you use the ebrake. Shouldn't be any need to disconnect the cables, but apparently you should start out by applying the e-brake until it gets tight, then bleed.
     
  3. wraenking

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    might be so, so should work either way. i also heard that to adjust them, just hold out the e brake lever in the cab and pump the e brake.
     
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    I didnt need to do that on mine, only took about 45 seconds per wheel to get the air out, and I have a firm pedal, guess I just got lucky :D
     
  5. wraenking

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    are you e brakes connected?

    if so, you might have gotten lucky that they were all the way out when you started.
     
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    yea that prolly has somehting to do with it, my e-brake isnt hooked up,still need to find the levers and springs :mad:
     

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