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 Post subject: Front Disc Brakes Ford AUII
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:39 pm 
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Hello all,

I have a slight problem with bleeding the front disc brakes on Ford AUII.

I have noticed the bleeder valve is facing towards a large steering arm (that's what I call it), it'sprobably has a different name..anyway it's bloody difficult trying to bleed it, its hard to get a tube onto the nipple to capture brake fluid to bottle an just as difficult in getting a 10mm spanner onto it.

Rear discs are very simple and easy to get at as the bleeder valve is not hindered, whereas the front..what the hell made Ford do that or are my front brake calipers a*** about?

Any help here would be welcome.

Cheers, Peter
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 Post subject: Re: Front Disc Brakes Ford AUII
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:38 pm 
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I use a 'one man bleeder' kit that clips on at the nipple. works fine for car in question. hardest part is getting the valve open the right amount.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Front Disc Brakes Ford AUII
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:19 pm 
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Yep, I know the one you're talking about. Mine went walkabout so I'm going to get a new one.

The caliper would be the correct way up though? That is brake fluid delivery pipe down below and bleeder valve up top close to the arm?

Gregory's Falcon Guide No. 274 , page 274 shows caliper has brake delivery fluid up top and bleeder valve down below and easy to get to.

Sounds a bit d**k so might hunt around wreckers yard to see if they are all the same configuration.

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 Post subject: Re: Front Disc Brakes Ford AUII
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:37 pm 
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bleeder is usually the highest part of the caliper because air rises... if the nipple was down the bottom you wouldn't be able to get the air out of piston...

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 Post subject: Re: Front Disc Brakes Ford AUII
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:16 pm 
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Thanks Tim, thought that might be the case.

It's a bad design fault for having it so close to the steering knuckle, surely they could have provided a 5mm leeway.

The only other way is to take the caliper off from the disc, mount a piece a steel same thickness as disc and then turn bleeder valve. I already replaced one caliper due to the bleeder valve being rounded out using normal 10mm ring spanner.

I use a special brakeline spanner for the bleeder and there is no way it can be fitted to the bleeder valve in-situ, it might be a long way round it but at least i'll get any air out of it.

Peter
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