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#1 brake bleeding advice

Post by spotdoc67 » Tue May 04, 2021 9:36 am

Hi
I'm planning to replace the brake fluid in my 1969 S2 FHC.
I can see that access to the bleed nipples on the rear callipers is not great.
Can anyone share tips on how to do this without too much pain and swearing!
many thanks

Tom

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#2 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by abowie » Tue May 04, 2021 10:05 am

You need to remove both of the front most shock absorbers.

This is easy to do and will save you a lot of frustration trying to get spanners and tubing onto the nipples.
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#3 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by spotdoc67 » Tue May 04, 2021 10:38 am

thanks
I thought that might be the way to do it.
Do the front shocks generally come off easily?
It looks like one long bolt though the lower mount of both shocks. I can't see the upper attachment to the cage.
Do I need a jack under the wishbone?

Tom

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#4 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by mgcjag » Tue May 04, 2021 10:39 am

Some cars have an acess panel above the irs....worth checking if you have one.....Steve
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#5 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by mgcjag » Tue May 04, 2021 10:44 am

Hi Tom......the top shock should have a bolt from the inside with a nut on the outside of the irs cage.....you will have to take the pressure off to get the top/bottom bolt our....jack up and support the car...then just use a jack to just lift the lower wishbone slightly so you can remove the bolts....Steve
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#6 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by spotdoc67 » Tue May 04, 2021 10:48 am

thanks all
I'm jacking using a wooden block on the IRS cage between the twin exhaust pipes,
where is the best place to locate the axel stands without damaging anything?

Tom

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#7 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by mgcjag » Tue May 04, 2021 11:01 am

Hi Tom a good support point is under the large bush of the radius arms......however not knowing the condition of your car im vary wary of giving advice on how too support your car if your going to be working under it.....I think you need to take extra care and plenty of supports ...not just axel stands....Its starting to sound like you arnt very experianced......your brakes are important.....i would think about haveing it done professionally......Steve
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#8 Re: brake bleeding advice

Post by spotdoc67 » Tue May 04, 2021 11:19 am

thanks
fair point
my radius arms/ mounting points are all solid
I've done v little work on my E type as I've always been a bit wary because of it's value now.
I'm pretty experienced on all my other cars (MX5, Morris minors) and have done engine swaps, auto to manual conversions, disc brake conversion and bled plenty of brakes
I'd rather gather as much wisdom before I start a job!

Tom

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