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Old 02-25-2014, 08:50 PM
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Default Brake Job - crack bleader @ caliber or not?

Hey all,

I just bought an '09 1500 and plan on putting on new pads and rotors this weekend (front & back).

In the past on other vehicles I've generally just used a large C-Clamp to compress the piston back into the caliber; I'd open the master cylinder reservoir and go slow.
My understanding is that the 'proper' way is to crack open the bleeder valve at the caliber while keeping pressure on the piston but in the past I've only opened the master cylinder reservoir, wrapped a shop towel under, and kept an eye out for overflow.

What do most here do?
Absolute No-No to do the old way or OK as long as I go slow? Or am I risking a strong chance of damaging the ABS system?

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Old 02-25-2014, 10:35 PM
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You don't really need to open the bleeder, c-clamp , big channel locks , or even buy a brake pad spreader, it wont damage the abs, some vehicles on the rear you should use a piston compressing tool which will fit in the grooves of the piston then you just apply pressure while rotating the piston clockwise. at work we never open the bleeders or even the reservoir unless were actually bleeding the brakes because of sponge pedal etc.

Remember to clean the rust off your excelo bracket and clean and re lube your sliders to prevent them from seizing up.
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