Continental 2000-2002

Manual Bleeding

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  1. Clean all dirt from and remove the brake master cylinder filler cap and fill the brake master cylinder reservoir with the specified brake fluid.
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  3. Place a box end wrench on the RH rear bleeder screw. Attach a rubber drain tube to the RH rear bleeder screw and submerge the free end of the tube in a container partially filled with clean brake fluid.
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  5. Have an assistant pump the brake pedal and then hold firm pressure on the brake pedal.
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  7. Loosen the RH rear bleeder screw until a stream of brake fluid comes out. While the assistant maintains pressure on the brake pedal, tighten the RH rear bleeder screw.
    1. Repeat until clear, bubble-free fluid comes out.
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    3. Refill the brake master cylinder reservoir as necessary.
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  9. Tighten the RH rear bleeder screw to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  11. Repeat Steps 2, 3, 4 and 5 for the LH rear bleeder screw.
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  13. Place a box end wrench on the RH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw. Attach a rubber drain tube to the RH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw, and submerge the free end of the tube in a container partially filled with clean brake fluid.
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  15. Have an assistant pump the brake pedal and then hold firm pressure on the brake pedal.
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  17. Loosen the RH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw until a stream of brake fluid comes out. While the assistant maintains pressure on the brake pedal, tighten the RH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw.
    1. Repeat until clear, bubble-free fluid comes out.
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    3. Refill the brake master cylinder reservoir as necessary.
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  19. Tighten the RH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  21. Repeat Steps 7, 8, 9 and 10 for the LH front disc brake caliper bleeder screw.
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CAUTION
Brake fluid contains polyglycol ethers and polyglycols. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. If brake fluid contacts eyes, flush eyes with running water for 15 minutes. Get medical attention if irritation persists. If taken internally, drink water and induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately.


WARNING
Do not allow the brake master cylinder reservoir to run dry during the bleeding operation. Keep the brake master cylinder reservoir filled with the specified brake fluid. Never reuse the brake fluid that has been drained from the hydraulic system.


WARNING
Brake fluid is harmful to painted and plastic surfaces. If brake fluid is spilled onto a painted or plastic surface, immediately wash it with water.


NOTE
When any part of the hydraulic system has been disconnected for repair or replacement, air may get into the system and cause spongy brake pedal action. This requires bleeding of the hydraulic system after it has been properly connected. The hydraulic system can be bled manually or with pressure bleeding equipment.

Caliper




NOTE
It is not necessary to do a complete brake system bleed if only the disc brake caliper was disconnected.

  1. Place a box end wrench on the disc brake caliper bleeder screw. Attach a rubber drain tube to the disc brake caliper bleeder screw, and submerge the free end of the tube in a container partially filled with clean brake fluid.
  2.  
  3. Have an assistant pump the brake pedal and then hold firm pressure on the brake pedal.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the disc brake caliper bleeder screw until a stream of brake fluid comes out. While the assistant maintains pressure on the brake pedal, tighten the disc brake caliper bleeder screw.
  6.  
  7. Repeat until clear, bubble-free fluid comes out.
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  9. Refill the brake master cylinder reservoir as necessary.
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  11. Tighten the disc brake caliper bleeder screw to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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