Best pressure brake bleeder

Colin Owner/Technician Johnson City, New York Posted   Latest   Edited  

What are you guys using? Im having problems getting clutch‘s bleed correctly of late . Not to mention im a two man shop and being able to bleed brake solo would make me more productive .

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Eric Owner/Technician
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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What’s your budget?

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Mark Owner/Technician
Newport, Oregon
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We have Power Probe's machines and they've been pretty bulletproof. Easy to fill, easy to adjust pressure, and have adapters to fit most things in a case that makes it easy to keep track of what hasn't been put back...

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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I use the BG machine. I believe with the not so new anymore requirements to pressurize brake master cylinders to perform bleeding according to manufacture procedures, it is required equipment. See the procedure for bleeding brakes on a 2010 Fusion. Step 4 calls for 30-50 psi applied to master cylinder.

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Randy Diagnostician
Glendora, California
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Use the phoenix back bleeding system works great

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Tony Educator
Santa Barbara, California
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For just clutch master and slave units what works nicely is a 60cc syringe (or larger) with a piece of hose stuck on. Push the fluid through the bleeder and slave up through the lines and master. There are some fancy and more expensive tools that do this and have other functions added in but a 60cc syringe costs about $1.50 and works. Just like mentioned in here, the backbleeding usually works…

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Mark Mechanic
Georgetown Township, Michigan
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I am interested to here about this as well. Especially since most vehicles these days have a remote reservoir that gravity feeds the master cylinder, and only has a hose clamp to connect. Probably can't handle much pressure? As for the slave cylinder, the engineers don't always put the bleeder at the highest point. I have had to bleed the slave unbolted and put a clamp around it to bleed it…

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Justin Mobile Technician
Herriman, Utah
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A hose clamp will hold at least as much pressure as you normally see in a cooling system. I have not had to do any of the tricks like you are referring to since going to a pressure bleeder.

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Mark Mechanic
Georgetown Township, Michigan
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Thanks, I just have not used a pressure bleeder in over 20 years and back then, the pressure could easily go quite high. It sounds like others are saying they operate much lower today.

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Eric Owner/Technician
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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that said using our Brannick you can dial in whatever pressure you want. Works very well for hybrid units that require a specific pressure that is fairly high.

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Colin Owner/Technician
Johnson City, New York
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I was looking at this unit and considering it seems to be the best option . Do you have the adapter kit? Power probe looks to make the best one

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George Owner/Technician
Skagway, Alaska
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I bought the kit off of Amazon . It has a pressure tank like a weed sprayer and adapters. I quickly realized that the system was lacking and leaking so I bought the power probe kit and an extra line and fitting off amazon. I have not found anything that I could not pressure bleed.

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Randy Diagnostician
Glendora, California
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back pressure bleeding is the only way to go . if you cannot normally bleed system . it has worked 100 % OF THE TIME FOR ME

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Mark Mechanic
Georgetown Township, Michigan
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I can't wait to try this on my next clutch bleeding. I like 100%!!!

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Karl Owner/Technician
Reading, Pennsylvania
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One trick that has worked well for me in slave cylinder applications with the remote reservoir is to use the vacuum bleeder made for power steering systems. Fill the system with fluid and use the vacuum cap/seal on the reservoir. It will pull the air from the whole system. I use this on hard to reach systems most of the time.

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Dennis Owner/Technician
Plymouth, Michigan
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I second the vacum bleeding

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Martin Instructor
Burnaby, British Columbia
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Hi Colin. I've used pressure bleeding when it works, which is not always on every system due to design. In the good old days of the early Chevy S10 models, the bleeder on the slave was not optimally positioned, requiring unbolting of the salve cylinder an holding it with the bleeder at the highest point while bleeding. Another option that I've used on clutches and other hydraulic systems is…

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Robert Owner
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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My worst nightmare 'back then' was getting a good brake pedal after front caliper replacement on an early Volvo with three bleeders on each front caliper . . . Found raising the REAR of the vehicle much higher than the front mostly worked. Gravity bleeding for HOURS was also usually necessary.

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Danny Technician
Losangeles, California
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Hi Martin, I like using a large syringe when reverse bleeding too. The tool is inexpensive. 2 oz of brake fluid should get that pesky air bubble out of the system. amazon​.​com/Cardone-10-500…

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Colin: On Peugeots, I used the left front caliper. Run a line between the slave and the caliper. Remove the cap from the clutch master cylinder and draw down some fluid. Open both bleeders and have someone step on the brake. Close the bleeders and repeat as necessary. Keep an eye on the fluid level in the in the master and clutch master cylinder. HTH, Guido

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Alvaro Service Manager
Oranjestad, Aruba
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Whow! Very Ingenious this trick from you!. Sure will keep it in mind when these problematic clutches appear. Thank You Sr.

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania
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Hi Alvaro: I didn't come up with it. It was something that I was taught. Still comes in handy though. Guido

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LaMont Owner/Technician
Smithville, Ohio
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I came up with a way to vacuum bleed them years ago. I started out with an old A/C vacuum pump. I also use the vacuum reservoir from my Mityvac vacuum pump kit. Then I came up with a rubber cap that I could use on the master cylinder in place of the original cap for bleeding. In my case I used the clutch master cylinder cap off of a 98 Toyota 4 runner. That particular cap will seal against any…

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
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I have a Phoenix system's pressure bleeder

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Bill Owner/Technician
Jackson, Michigan
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The power probe machine is the best I have seen or used.... powerprobe​.​com/brake-bleeders

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Pat Technician
Carson, California
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A lot of the plastic clutch hydraulic systems bleed very well pulling a vacuum on the reservoir.

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