1999 Acura Integra Can Old Brake Fluid Be Siphon & Repl

Tiny
JIMMYL645I
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  • 1999 ACURA INTEGRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 68,000 MILES
Hi, i've never changed the brake fluid by myself before, and plan on giving it a shot.
i'm expecting a baby in a week+ (Dec 31 2008) so i'm trying to save a little cash by exchanging the brake fluid myself.
my biggest question is. Can I siphon the old brake fluid out and replace some fresh/new fluid in the brake resorvior? The fluid isn't extremely dirty or old but i'd like to have a peace of mind that my brakes are in tip top working condition.

Thanks, In Advance- I would really appreciate any help or suggestions on this.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 AT 12:26 AM

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Tiny
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Instead of siphoning out of the master cylinder, consider bleeding through the caliper bleeder valve. Just make sure that you keep the master cylinder full with new fluid.
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Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 AT 10:05 PM
Tiny
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I dont know how to bleed the valve's. Is it too hard to do?

So if I siphon out the master cylinder and fill with new fluid it wouldn't do it no good?

Thanks, Alot Guys
JL
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Thursday, December 25th, 2008 AT 2:44 AM
Tiny
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You can siphon the master cylinder, and you will end up with new fluid up there and but still the old and gunky fluid in the line all the way to the calipers.

Brake bleeding is not hard at all. Just follow this simple instruction.

BLEEDING BRAKE SYSTEM: HYDRAULIC SYSTEM BLEEDING

CAUTION: DO NOT spill brake fluid on painted surfaces. To avoid paint damage, immediately clean any spilled brake fluid with a clean cloth and clear water.

1. Purchase a brake bleeder kit such as this one


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_648591_1.jpg


and follow the assembly instruction
2. Raise entire vehicle and remove all wheels.
3. Fill master cylinder with clean brake fluid. Fluid should meet DOT 3 or DOT 4 specifications, such as


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_as401_1.jpg


4. Locate your caliper bleeder valve (circled)


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_caliper_1.jpg


5. Attach the bleeder hose from the bleeding kit onto the bleeder valve. Loosen the valve. Make sure you use brake bleeder wrench, not regular wrench. Regular wrench may round off the bleeder valve. Such as this one


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/55316_647075_2.jpg


6. Bleed brake calipers in following sequence: Left Front, Right Front, Right Rear, Left Rear until you see clear fluid coming out from the caliper and into the bottle. Make sure you keep the master cylinder filled above the refill line. If you don't, you have to re-bleed the entire system as you allow air get into the system.
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Thursday, December 25th, 2008 AT 6:01 PM

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