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Old 11-14-2004, 02:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Disclaimer: The following is provided as a GUIDE ONLY, and neither myself nor D-series.org take any responsibility for the outcomes of someone else doing the following. You follow these steps at your own risk!


Aim: To flush/bleed the brake fluid.

Required:
- 2 to 3 containers of Honda Brake fluid
- Some clear piping
- And old container to collect the old brake fluid in
- A friend to give you a hand! (not that kind of hand ok?)

Anyway....lets get to it

Steps:
1. Grab your piece of clear piping, make a hole in the top of the container use wish to use to collect the old fluid into and feed the pipe through like so:



2. Next, jack up your car, support it with jack stands and take all the rims off.
3. Start at the wheel furthest away from the master cylinder (rear passenger side wheel).
4. Remove the dust cover off the bleed nipple and connect the clear piping/hose to the bleed nipple as so:



Bleed nipple looks like this:


5. Ask your mate to jump into the driver seat and tell him to just keep pressing/pumping the brake pedal.



6. Undo the bolt head of the bleed nipple and the old fluid should start going through the pipe and into the old container.

7. As you are doing this, keep topping up the fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. You MUST make sure that the level in the reservoir does not drop below the low mark or else air will enter the system. This is a big NO NO!



8. Once you see the new fluid coming out of the pipe, tighten up the bleed nipple and ask your friend to stop pumping the brake. (I suggest you get him to stop pumping the pedal AFTER you have done up the bleed nipple to stop air entering via the bleed nipple)

9. Now move to the rear driver side wheel and repeat steps 4-8.
10. Now move to the front passenger side wheel and repeat steps 4-8.
11. Now move to the front driver side wheel and repeat steps 4-8.
12. Clean the lid of the brake fluid reservoire and replace it nice and tight till it clicks.
13. Go for a drive around the street and make a few hard stops (give your self some braking distance JUST in case air has got into the system).

If the pedal feels soft/spungy or you are getting brake fade after this, chances are you might have let air into the system. In this case, repeat the process until there is no air in the system.

That's it!
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It isn't too difficult as long as you remember to bleed in this sequence :



Pic taken from the 96-00 civic helms manual...
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that picture above , is relevant to ONLY left hand drive vehicles.

Vehicles with the master cylinder upon the RHS , ofcourse must do the rear left first , rear right and so on.
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