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Old 07-18-2002, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Motive power bleeder

Just bled my brakes w/ the Motive power bleeder. While getting the clamp portion sealed over the master cylinder was rather a pain (very tight quarters) after that it worked great. It is definitely a nice way to bleed brakes- especially by yourself. I think it is much superior also than pumping the brakes (seems like it's hard not to induce air w/ that method). You simply pump up some pressure in the holding tank (I used 18psi) then simply go to each brake and bleed off what you need- the pressure does it for you. It comes out at a very steady (rather light) rate. It'd be real handy when doing a full flush. If the pressure goes down- just pump the handle a couple of times.

Like I said the apparatus that seals off the master cylinder could be better designed (ie like the oe cap, just screw it down). Maybe a guy could buy a spare cap and drill a hole into the top of it. You also have to siphon off the excess brake fluid in the cylinder when done- it's filled to the top.

All in all a very worthwhile investment.

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Old 09-07-2002, 06:07 PM   #2
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This is how the pros do it. This thing makes bleeding brakes so easy it's almost fun! Simple, well made, and only $45! Blows pedal pumping and vacuum methods away!

As Big Sky stated, the only problem with our Subarus is the necessity of using a universal clamp-on adapter to seal at the reservoir (my previous usage was on a VW with screw-on cap adapter.) As suggested by Big Sky, I think the fix is a second cap with a fitting siliconed on or maybe an o-ringed tire valve with core removed. This should work for the clutch as well.
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:53 PM   #3
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Just picked up the Motive Power Bleeder. The adapter that fits the WRX is actually the Ford 3-prong. Works beautifully. This thing is a bargain for pressure bleeding the brake system.

CUSTOM FORD POWER BLEEDER. Comes with everything you need to bleed your late model Ford hydraulic brake or clutch system and our full 1 year warranty. (See our Application Guide for vehicle compatibility.) Please choose adapter. (Model 0106-7)

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I give it five bananas.
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Old 07-22-2004, 01:38 PM   #4
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I bought one for my STi and ended up sending it back.

The adapter looked like to much of a pain to deal with. I'd rather just bleed the manual way.

Thats just my opinion.
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Old 07-25-2004, 02:31 AM   #5
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Ya the Universal Adapter is worthless. It took me 45 minutes of screwing around with that thing to get a seal. Then I found out the Ford 3-prong adapter fits. Not sure if the WRX reservoir is the same as the STI.
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Old 04-28-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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Another thumbs up for the Motive Power Bleeder!

Just got thru bleeding my MY04 WRX...first time ever that I can say that bleeding brakes was fun. Used the "Ford 3-Prong" cap, as above; looks like it would be easy enough to gin up a new cap with a fitting to fit any application, however. The device is very good quality and construction. I purchased mine for less than $60 shipped, from Apex Performance; that's less than the labor charge alone to have the system bled, either from a dealership or independent...wish I had got hold of one of these twenty years ago!
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:23 PM   #7
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+1 Again, good things to say about the bleeder

- 1 Billion and an endless stream of curses for the universal adaptor.

The universal piece is absolutely worthless, stay with part number 1107 as mentioned above and you'll be loving life.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:09 PM   #8
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i use the ford 3 prong adapter works great, its not that hard to get it on.. as for the oem cap and drilling a hole i dont think it will hodl the pressure tried it on other honda screw on caps. so i dont think that way will work.

i rather just do the ford adapter, it was easy to get it on my car on/off maybe you just have to get the right angle etc..
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