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      05-22-2010 10:51 PM #1
      Just bled my brakes by myself in about 10 minutes. Of course it took me about an hour to source all the bits I needed to make the DIY power brake bleeder kit but it'll be easier next time. Here's what you need to make your own kit assuming you have an air compressor already.

      1. An extra reservoir cap (on you can drill a hole in)
      2. A tire valve stem
      3. A locking air chuck

      So drill a hole in the center of the cap just slightly smaller than the "D" diameter shown in the pic.
      Insert valve stem into said hole with the valve part facing out. Then remove the valve guts from the stem and the press pin from the air chuck (They didn't open at the 20 psi I had the compressor set to)
      Lock the air chuck onto the cap assembly.

      Set your compressor reg to around 20 psi and then fill your reservoir up with brake fluid. Tighten cap assembly and you are ready to hook up your air pressure and bleed your brakes without help from anyone. The 20psi does not blow off your reservoir and bleeds the brakes nice and slow.

      I thought it worked pretty sweet and saved a bunch of time and effort.

      Good luck and be careful. I assume no responsibility for any damage or injury that you may incur while attempting to recreate this.

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    3. 05-22-2010 11:29 PM #2
      nice. pics of that red bay?

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      05-22-2010 11:59 PM #3
      I have made a similar "power brake bleeder" using a garden sprayer. It has a valve stem to check your pressure (I thought it was around 10-12psi, 20 could be right?) or to fill with the compressor. If there's no compressor available it can also be manually pumped up to achieve pressure. I'll never do brakes again any other way!

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      05-23-2010 04:17 AM #4
      to this, good stuff. Beats my old "1 man" manual kit with fish tank tubing, hose clamps and a jar.

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      05-23-2010 04:24 AM #5
      Just flushed my brakes today manually. Wish i would have had a power bleeder then
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      05-23-2010 04:32 AM #6
      Great DIY!!! Thanks!

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      05-23-2010 07:17 AM #7
      Submitted for you approval!
      The bay isn't red just the engine, and I rewrapped the wires in red too!

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      05-23-2010 11:16 PM #8
      20 psi is too much, may pop the reservoir on some cars, use 10-15.

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      05-24-2010 01:32 AM #9
      I've done this, but just used the male end of the quick release air chuck in the reservoir cap.

      -Todd

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      05-26-2010 10:09 PM #10
      Yeah that's what the quick grip clamp was for. To hold the reservoir on.

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      05-26-2010 10:40 PM #11
      use a pesticide sprayer, that way you can put one bottle of brake fluid in there and not have to worry about running low when pressurizing...
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      06-16-2011 05:30 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by rabbitarmy View Post
      20 psi is too much, may pop the reservoir on some cars, use 10-15.
      I feel pretty confident the Bentley actually said that 2bar would be max. I think I did mine around 20-25psi. I could be mistaken though?

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