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Can someone who has bled the brakes on their Sport 370Z please give me a quick rundown on the nuances or challenges? I'd like to do this in the very

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Old 10-25-2009, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Can someone who has bled the brakes on their Sport 370Z please give me a quick rundown on the nuances or challenges? I'd like to do this in the very near future, but obviously don't want to have any major problems in my own garage.

***Saw the DD DIY brake line change with the section on brake bleeding (after posting this...thought it was just a brake line change and didn't read to the bottom). Quick question: Does the car need to be running to bleed the brakes or can it be done with the car 'off'?
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Pretty sure it can be done with the car off. I am about to bleed my brakes in a couple of hours.
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Pretty sure it can be done with the car off. I am about to bleed my brakes in a couple of hours.
Do you have the sport Akebonos? Please let me know how this goes. I plan to do it in the next week or two when I swap to winter rims/tires.
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Pretty sure it can be done with the car off. I am about to bleed my brakes in a couple of hours.
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Brake Bleeding | Advance Auto Parts
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Thanks...good description of the different fluids. Howstuffworks.com has a good step by step also.

However, neither address the 'on' or 'off' question.
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I always bleed with the car off, then after bleeding, start the car on jackstands, and either have someone else hold the brake down under pressure to look for leaks, or hold it down myself for a few seconds before shutting off and getting out to check for leaks.

Bleed order is RR, LF, LR, RF, but you can also do RR, LR, RF, LF, and I always bleed the outer bleeders first, though I don't know if that really matters or not.
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I always bleed with the car off, then after bleeding, start the car on jackstands, and either have someone else hold the brake down under pressure to look for leaks, or hold it down myself for a few seconds before shutting off and getting out to check for leaks.

Bleed order is RR, LF, LR, RF, but you can also do RR, LR, RF, LF, and I always bleed the outer bleeders first, though I don't know if that really matters or not.
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