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Old 03-18-2017, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Can calipers be off when bleeding brakes?

I took my (2006 WRX 4-pot) calipers off to reseal them. The seals haven't came in the mail yet, so can I bleed the brakes in the mean time without the front calipers on or no?
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Old 03-18-2017, 04:59 PM   #2
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read this post aloud to yourself.

then maybe reconsider if you should be performing this service on your car.
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:01 PM   #3
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I meant to say brake lines not brakes
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:02 PM   #4
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Since this is the newbies section and we must be nice, let me answer this straight. No.
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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You are resealing your own calipers yourself but don't understand how bleeding brakes works? I foresee a car crash due to brake failure in your future.
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Old 03-18-2017, 05:37 PM   #6
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Sometimes I will plug the line ends after pulling the calipers, so that fluid won't drain out and leave the lines and the master dry. Sometimes I pre fill the calipers with fluid before hooking them up, so that I will not have to bleed them as much. If you have ABS, and everybody does these days, I find it is better not to completely drain the lines. Even if you flush the entire system, I still think it is easier to start with a full system. I do like to see fluid coming out of the lines before I tighten them up to the calipers, but I see no point in trying to do that now, in your case.

I think you would now be better off to get a Motive Universal Power Bleeder. It will hook up to your reservoir, and push fluid through your lines with pressure. Hook everything up and close the bleeders, then bleed one corner at a time. After you have fluid everywhere, bleed everything again.

Good luck.

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Old 03-18-2017, 05:39 PM   #7
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Sometimes I will plug the line ends after pulling the calipers, so that fluid won't drain out and leave the lines and the master dry. Sometimes I pre fill the calipers with fluid before hooking them up, so that I will not have to bleed them as much. If you have ABS, and everybody does these days, I find it is better not to completely drain the lines. Even if you flush the entire system, I still think it is easier to start with a full system.

I think you would be better off at this point to get a Motive Universal Power Bleeder. It will hook up to your reservoir, and push fluid through your lines with pressure.

Good luck.
thank you
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:46 PM   #8
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Uh, you have any fluid left in the the master cylinder?
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:49 PM   #9
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Uh, you have any fluid left in the the master cylinder?
Yes I kinked the line
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Old 03-18-2017, 06:55 PM   #10
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Negative, ghost rider.
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:06 PM   #11
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Yes I kinked the line
Kinked what line?!?! Wrong, just really wrong unless you will be replacing that line when you finish up the brake work.

[yes, I know this is the newb section, I'm really trying here......]
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:44 PM   #12
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never, never, never, ever kink the soft lines. the inner cores will crush and will cause your calipers to not be able to release properly .... aka dragging caliper ... aka warped rotors ... aka ruined brake job.
Do yourself a favor and replace any of the soft lines you kinked.

In the future: take some string or wire or whatever and raise the ends of the lines up as high at you can WITHOUT kinking them, yes some fluid will drain but not enough to drain all the way back to the master or the abs module.
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Old 03-22-2017, 08:53 PM   #13
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I'm replacing the front brakes lines with stop tech SS lines anyway, so that's why I just carelessly kinked the old ones with a clamp. Looking back this was a bit foolish, as I could have kept the old lines around as backups. Learn from your mistakes I guess haha. Thank you for the help everyone.
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