Bleeding front brakes with wheels on

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#1 Bleeding front brakes with wheels on

Post by rossbraithwaite » Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:00 pm

As the title suggests; how easy is it to bleed the front brakes without removing road wheels or jacking the front end up? Obviously this would make the task a lot quicker.
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#2 Re: Bleeding front brakes with wheels on

Post by abowie » Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:37 pm

rossbraithwaite wrote:
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:00 pm
Obviously this would make the task a lot quicker.
I'm not sure that it would.

The access would be very tight and you'd end up trying to get under the front of the car where I, for one, certainly don't fit.

Unless you have a really compelling reason not to, front up and wheels off is the way to go.
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#3 Re: Bleeding front brakes with wheels on

Post by mgcjag » Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:57 am

Quite easy to do......just lift the bonnet plenty of access....Steve
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#4 Re: Bleeding front brakes with wheels on

Post by rossbraithwaite » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:31 pm

well, since posting this I have done it both ways! It is 'possible' without removing road wheels but not very easy or pleasant! Quite hard to get the bleed tube onto the nipple and then fiddly to loosen the nipple with a spanner through the wheel spokes.
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