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Old 09-25-2004, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Brakes: Just 1 question.

I was just wondering if you were to replace the FRONT pads/rotors, if it is really necessary to bleed the brakes. I have had other vehicles and I didn't bleed the brake system and they worked fine, I did this for several years. But this is my first Saturn I have need to replace the brakes on and figured i'd ask.

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Old 09-25-2004, 10:34 PM   #2
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AFAIK, there's no need to bleed the brakes any time you're not opening up the hydraulic system. Just make sure tha when you back off the piston, you have the cap off the brake reservoir, and you do it slowly. Remember to put the cap back on.

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Old 09-26-2004, 12:16 AM   #3
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bingo, you are suppost to open the bleed screw when pushing the piston back, but most people i know just push it up into the reservoir (with the cap off).

however, if your fluid color is dark or you have a spongey pedal feel, i would drain out the whole system and replace the fluid.

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Old 09-26-2004, 02:10 AM   #4
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I have changed my front brakes on all the cars I have owned and I have never had to bleed them.

Like what the other person said, make sure you take the cap off the master cylinder and push the caliper piston back in slowly.

Some fluid may run over the side of the master cylinder if it is too full but that is normal. Just stick a rag under it.

I don't remember anybody ever mentioning opening the bleed valves when pushing the piston back in but I guess that could be a good idea.

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Old 09-26-2004, 04:05 AM   #5
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NO. DO NOT open the bleed screw when compressing the caliper piston. If you attempt to do so, oods are good that you will either introduce air into the system or even worse perhaps snap off the bleed screw fitting, either way you'll be driving no where. Provived the master cylinder was never "topped up" since the last pad change, it absolutely will NOT overflow when the piston is compressed.

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