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    Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

    Bleeding the Brake System

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    For vehicles equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), please refer to the ABS bleeding procedure at the end of this section.

    The purpose of bleeding the brakes is to expel air trapped in the hydraulic system. The system must be bled whenever the pedal feels spongy, indicating that compressible air has entered the system. It must also be bled whenever the system has been opened or repaired. If you are not using a pressure bleeder, you will need a helper for this job.


    WARNING
    Never reuse brake fluid which has been bled from the brake system.

    MASTER CYLINDER



    See Figure 1

    If the master cylinder is off the vehicle, it can be bench bled.

    1. Secure the master cylinder in a bench vise.
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    3. Connect 2 short pieces of brake line to the outlet fittings, bend them until the free end is below the fluid level in the master cylinder reservoirs.
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    5. Fill the reservoir with fresh DOT 3 type brake fluid.
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    7. Using a wooden dowel, or equivalent, pump the piston slowly several times until no more air bubbles appear in the reservoirs.
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    Fig. Fig. 1: Attach bleeding tubes to the master cylinder and position them as shown

    1. Disconnect the 2 short lines, refill the master cylinder and securely install the cylinder cap.
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    3. If the master cylinder is on the vehicle, it can still be bled, using a flare nut wrench.
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    5. Open the brake lines slightly with the flare nut wrench, while pressure is applied to the brake pedal by a helper inside the vehicle.
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    7. Be sure to tighten the line before the brake pedal is released.
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    9. Repeat the process with both lines until no air bubbles come out.
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    11. Bleed the complete brake system, if necessary.
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    If the master cylinder has been thoroughly bled and filled to the proper level upon installation into the vehicle, it is not necessary to bleed the entire hydraulic system.

    PRESSURE BLEEDING



    When bleeding the brakes, air may be trapped in the brake lines or valves far upstream, as much as 10 feet from the bleeder screw. Therefore, it is very important to have a fast flow of a large volume of brake fluid when bleeding the brakes, to make sure all of the air is expelled from the system.

    On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, the following wheel sequence should be used to ensure that all the air is removed from the system:



    Left rear wheel
     
    Right front wheel
     
    Right rear wheel
     
    Left front wheel
     

    On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, the following wheel sequence should be used to ensure that all the air is removed from the system:



    Right rear wheel
     
    Left front wheel
     
    Left rear wheel
     
    Right front wheel
     

    1. You should use bleeder tank tool C-3496-B or equivalent, with the required adapter for the master cylinder reservoir to pressurize the hydraulic system for bleeding. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for using a pressure bleeder.
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    3. Attach a clear plastic hose to the bleeder screw located at the right rear wheel, then place the hose into a clean jar that has enough fresh brake fluid to submerge the end of the hose.
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    5. Open the bleeder screw at least one full turn or more to get a steady stream of fluid.
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    7. After about 4-8 oz. of fluid has been bled through the brake system and an air-free flow is maintained in the hose and jar, close the bleeder screw.
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    9. Repeat the procedure at all the other remaining bleeder screws. Then, check the pedal for travel. If pedal travel is excessive or has not improved, enough fluid has not passed through the system to expel all of the trapped air. Be sure to monitor the fluid level in the pressure bleeder. It must stay at the proper level so air will not be allowed to re-enter the brake system through the master cylinder reservoir.
    10.  
    11. Once the bleeding procedure is complete, remove the pressure bleeding equipment from the master cylinder.
    12.  

    MANUAL BLEEDING



    See Figure 2

    Proper manual bleeding of the hydraulic brake system will require the use of an assistant.

    On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, the following wheel sequence should be used to ensure that all the air is removed from the system:



    Left rear wheel
     
    Right front wheel
     
    Right rear wheel
     
    Left front wheel
     

    On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, the following wheel sequence should be used to ensure that all the air is removed from the system:



    Right rear wheel
     
    Left front wheel
     
    Left rear wheel
     
    Right front wheel
     



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    Fig. Fig. 2: With a clear plastic hose in a container of clean brake fluid, open the bleeder screw at least one full turn

    1. Attach a clear plastic hose to the bleeder screw located at the right rear wheel, then place the hose into a clean jar that has enough fresh brake fluid to submerge the end of the hose.
    2.  
    3. Have an assistant pump the brake pedal 3-4 times, and hold it down before the bleeder screw is opened.
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    5. Open the bleeder screw at least one full turn. When the bleeder screw opens, the brake pedal will drop.
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    7. Close the bleeder screw. Release the brake pedal only AFTER the bleeder screw is closed.
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    9. Repeat the procedure 4 or 5 times at each bleeder screw, then check the pedal for travel. If the pedal travel is not excessive, or has not been improved, enough fluid has not passed through the system to expel all of the trapped air. Make sure to watch the fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir. It must stay at the proper level so air will not re-enter the brake system.
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    11. Test drive the vehicle to be sure the brakes are operating correctly and that the pedal is solid.
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