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Re: stoopid brake questions
Post by barrman on Nov 19, 2006, 8:35pm

Rob,
With no pedal pressure applied, you will only get a small trickle out of the wheel cylinder bleeders.

If you bled the mc and have a firm pedal, you should have fluid shooting a few feet if you open any of the wheel cylinder bleeders with someone pushing on the pedal.

No pedal pressure could be the shoes not adjusted out, air in the lines or air in the mc. Start at the mc, bleed it. Then go to the rear right. You have about 5 feet of air in the lines because you converted the rear to a new line. Bleed all the air out. Make sure you have your new shoes adjusted right too.

Spin the wheel while you are turning the star wheel with a brake sthingy. The manual says to adjust them all the way to no wheel movement and then back off until you can make it turn with "minimal" resistance. I have found it is easier to adjust until I get a dragging noise but no drag while I am spinning the wheel. I then push the brake pedal a few times to get the shoes settled and spin the wheel again. Normally, you will have less noise than before you pushed the pedal. At least for the first 2 or 3 times at each wheel. Once you get the dragging noise, you are close. Do that to all 4 wheels and see what kind of pedal highth you get. The pedal is all you are really adjusting from this point on. The tighter the shoes, the higher the pedal. Of course, if you go too far, you will be dragging the brakes and burn them up so don't get too agressive. I was playing with mine the other day and one push with a sthingy at each wheel raised my pedal almost an inch. I was showing my students how just a little bit can be too much.