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Old 10-18-2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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1990 Pontiac Bonneville SSE 3800 series 1 with abs(i think)
Problem one Solved: Wheel cylinder came apart and bleed all the brake fluid out of the car. Which was a result of the pin that holds the shoe on got totally screwed up. so i get that all fixed with new brake hardware and wheel cylinder and a little bit of brake like

Problem two the final freaking problem... Bleeding this sob.

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i went to autozone since it was the closest today (i know i know they are idiots who couldn't fix a car to save their lives) I bought the Haynes manual for the car and well its more useless then a paper weight. The guy printed off something on how to bleed the system for a Triton System? And I'm sure that'* what we got. For some reason i need a special tool some letter and a bunch of numbers and well autozone doesn't have the tool.
There really isn't any pedal there it seems like it gets firm but i never drove the car before so i don't know what is is supposed to feel like.

So do i need this said tool or is there a really cool way that i don't have to shell out more money for a tool i will only use one time?
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Buy a six pack of beer. Use that to coax a friend over to your place. Give him/her a beer or two and have them sit in your car.

Make certain you have access to the bleeder fitting on the calipers. Have your brake fluid reservoir cap off. It'* also a good idea to be 1/2 below the full mark with brake fluid.

Have your beer swilling friend step on the brake pedal (car not running) as you slowly open the bleeder valve. Close the bleeder valve and have your beer hog of a friend let the brake peddle come back up. Push the brake down, open the bleeder valve, close the bleeder valve, then brake peddle back up.

Bleed the furthest most remote from the brake reservoir first - right rear, then left rear, right front and then left front.

Clean up any brake fluid on the calipers or shoes with brake kleen spray.

Top the brake fluid off to the full mark and take it for a spin. Test the brakes. If they feel mushy....re-bleed.
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Exactly what Kevin said, except I get a piece of clear plastic tubing that is a slip fit to the nipple on the bleeder screw and run it into a jar. Saves spraying brake fluid all over the place.
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And if you have fluid in the jar over the level of the tube, you'll keep from pulling any air back into the system if your friend lets off the pedal before you close the bleeder.
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The triton system with abs has a pump when you open or even take off the bleeder absolutely no brake fluid comes out. Also the system has a accumulator which when the car is turned on fills up with brake fluid. The only problem is that is where the air is and i can not get it out. Hence me ask for help.
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With the engine running no fluid comes out the bleeder when the brake is depressed?
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For the rear brakes, have your friend turn the key to the on posn and push the brake pedal down just a little, then open the bleeder until no bubbles present. Skip all the pumping of the pedal stuff. If you arent getting power to the ABS sys, check fuse or relay. Fronts can be done like most cars.
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For the rear brakes, have your friend turn the key to the on posn and push the brake pedal down just a little, then open the bleeder until no bubbles present. Skip all the pumping of the pedal stuff. If you arent getting power to the ABS sys, check fuse or relay. Fronts can be done like most cars.
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