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Old 04-10-2004, 01:01 PM   #1
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I installed 4 speedbleeders on my 2002 Maxima today. The speedbleeder is a little longer than the OEM that was on my Maxima.

So, I remove the old bleeder, install the new speedbleeder, then back it off 1/4 of a turn. I bled the brakes and tightened it back on. I don't have a torque wrench in inch pds, so I tightened it until I met some resistance then gave it a little more (1/4 turn or less). While the wheel was off, I cleaned all four wheel wells, springs and calipers with Simple Green and a brush.

I took the car on a test drive and all went well. Came back and felt around the bleeder and 3 of the 4 have some brake fluid there (less than a drop but enough to show on my finger). It's not dripping, but there is some fluid there.

My question is, how tight should I get these or is it normal to have a little leak out at first? I'm worried about breaking them off if I tighten too much.
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Old 04-10-2004, 01:42 PM   #2
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You should'nt have to reef too hard to get the bleed valves to seat properly if you have to really tighten them down something is wrong you should just have to snug em.

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Old 04-10-2004, 02:21 PM   #3
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I took off the back wheels (both had leaks) and only had to turn 1/4 turn and they were loose. I wiped all the excess off then turned 1/4 and then 1/4 more...probably put about 5 to 10 ft pds. Tested the brakes with the wheels off and I don't see any leaks. I think there might have been a drop in the tip that seeped out rather than a leak around the threads.

I dried up the front one and tested the brakes and I didn't feel anymore fluid up there either. Of course, this was all done with no load, just parked in the garage so I'll check again tomorrow.

It kinda makes sense though, they were tighter and tighter as I went from PR, DR, PF, DF...driver front was the one with no leak.
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Old 04-10-2004, 05:57 PM   #4
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I had that problem once when I blead the brakes. What little was left in the bleeder itself sort of leaked out and onto the threads. It looked like it was leaking (a little goes a long way) but after I sprayed the area down with brake cleaner it was fine. You want them tight but not too tight. SpeedBleeders have some goop on the threads that makes turning them a little harder than the normal bleeder. I don't torque mind down I just make them nice and snug. I thought they were a little longer than stock too, maybe it's to make up for the check valve in there.
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Old 04-11-2004, 07:59 AM   #5
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Thanks all
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Old 04-11-2004, 09:39 AM   #6
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Aside from this problem, what do you think of the SpeedBleeders? I thought they make things a lot easier.
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Old 04-11-2004, 11:44 AM   #7
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Aside from this problem, what do you think of the SpeedBleeders? I thought they make things a lot easier.
I had a 91 Explorer that I could never get all the air out (front disc/rear drum). Since then, I have not looked forward to brake jobs.

It takes a few times to completely trust the bleeder, but it is doing its job. I wasn't sure if air was getting past because the tube I used kept bubbling around the speedbleeder.

After redoing the back wheels it became like second nature. I drained the whole reservoir from MAX to MIN through each caliper to make sure the fluid was completly fresh. When I was done, I could feel the brakes grab a little quicker. All in all a good experience. I appreciate the recommendation since this site is where I got the idea.
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Old 04-12-2004, 09:41 AM   #8
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ForesterXT04,

I came to FXT from a '92 Explorer, so we probably share some impressions of our new rides How many transmissions did you replace on your Exploader ??? I had to do one at 55k miles

I think I'm going to like FXT a lot more!!!!

Cheers,

Bob

PS: Seems to me like some clear plastic tubing, to see bubbles present as you bleed, and a recruited daughter, to press the pedal on command, make the job sufficiently easy to not bother with the SpeedBleeder -- but what do I know
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ForesterXT04,

I came to FXT from a '92 Explorer, so we probably share some impressions of our new rides How many transmissions did you replace on your Exploader ??? I had to do one at 55k miles

I think I'm going to like FXT a lot more!!!!

Cheers,

Bob

PS: Seems to me like some clear plastic tubing, to see bubbles present as you bleed, and a recruited daughter, to press the pedal on command, make the job sufficiently easy to not bother with the SpeedBleeder -- but what do I know
Hey Bob!

I had a 91 Explorer Sport with the 5MT. I had to have a rebuild at 100k miles, but it was going again at 152k. Where the Explorer felt more utilitarian (like a tank) the Forester XT feels like a sophisticated sports car. Two completely different animals...me likes.

The clear tube helps, but air still gets in around the edges making it difficult to tell.
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