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LMR Basics: How to Bleed Mustang Brakes
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Published on 2016-09-30
In this installment of LMR Basics, check out a general procedure on bleeding the brakes in a Mustang. Even though the Mustang has transformed drastically over the years, bleeding the brakes for the most part is verbatim across the board. When bleeding the brakes in your Mustang, be sure to check the owners manual for the correct brake fluid and the recommended bleeding interval. Shop LMR.com for the best selection of brake parts and accessories.
What’s up everybody! Landan with LMR.com. In this installment of LMR Basics, I’m going to be bleeding the brakes on this 1992 Fox Coupe.
Bleeding the brakes is often times way over looked. A couple of telltale signs is a soft or squishy brake pedal, high mileage cars that need fresh fluid, track cars that have been driven to their wits end, or any time the system is opened. Such as a caliper change or master cylinder change.
Before bleeding your brakes, you will need a jack and jack stands, socket set, line wrench set, clear hose that fits over the brake bleeders on the caliper, brake clean, rags, and a drain bucket. I’ll be going about bleeding the brakes the old fashion way with the help from a buddy. The alternative is to purchase a dedicated brake bleeding tool from your local auto parts store.
To begin, jack up the car and support it via jack stands. Open the master cylinder cap and top off the reservoir with the appropriate brake fluid. Fill until the fluid reaches the “max” line on the reservoir. Close the cap and remove the wheels.
Grab a bucket or bottle and a quarter inch inner diameter clear hose Position the hose over the bleeder starting on the passenger rear caliper. Have someone inside of the car pump the brakes two or three times and hold.
Open the bleeder and then close it. Repeat this until all the fluid starts to flow consistently. Move to the driver side rear and repeat the steps. Then to the passenger front and finally to the driver side front caliper. While doing this, make sure the master cylinder reservoir stays topped off and doesn’t run empty.
If you are just removing air from the system, one full trip around the car should do the trick. If you are flushing the system, you will need to bleed each caliper more than once until you see fresh fluid in the clear tube. Once complete, the brake pedal should be very firm.
Double check your work. Reinstall the wheels and torque to spec. Get the car on the ground and go for a test drive. That completes a successful brake bleeding job.
As far as a time frame on this one fellas, it really depends on the amount of bleeding that needs to be done. Normally, a brake fluid flush takes me right at forty five minutes from car up to car down. Be sure and check your owner’s manual for the appropriate brake fluid, but I can probably guarantee that it is DOT 3 fluid.
Until next time guys, subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already done so; and be sure and check out our wide selection of brake parts and accessories and pick up some fresh brake fluid for your Mustang at LMR.com.