Crossfire, 2004-2005

Bleeding the ABS System


Do not spill brake fluid on any painted surface. Brake fluid can damage paint.

Use brake fluid approved to MB 331.0, such as Mopar part number 0454925AC, or a DOT 4 brake fluid with minimum dry boiling point of 500° F and minimum wet boiling point of 356° F.

Do not pump brake pedal at any time while bleeding. Air in the system will be compressed into small bubbles that are distributed throughout the hydraulic system. This will make additional bleeding operations necessary.

Do not allow the master cylinder to run out of fluid during bleeding operations. An empty cylinder will allow additional air to be drawn into the system. Check the cylinder fluid level frequently and add fluid as needed.

Manual Bleeding

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Bleed only one brake component at a time in the following sequence:

    Fill the master cylinder reservoir with brake fluid
    Open the caliper bleed screws and allow the brakes to gravity bleed
    Close each bleed screw as fluid starts to drip from it
    Top off master cylinder reservoir once more before proceeding
    Attach one end of the bleed hose to the bleed screw and insert the opposite end in a glass container partially filled with brake fluid
    Be sure the end of the bleed hose is immersed in the brake fluid
    Open up the bleeder screw, then have a helper press down on the brake pedal
    Once the pedal is down, close the bleeder screw
    Repeat bleeding until fluid stream is clear and free of bubbles, then move to the next wheel.


Pressure Bleeding

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Follow the manufactures instructions carefully when using pressure equipment. DO NOT exceed the tank manufacturer's pressure recommendations. Generally, a tank pressure of 15-20 psig (51-67 kPa) is sufficient for bleeding.
  5. Fill the bleeder tank with recommended brake fluid and purge air from the tank lines before bleeding.
  7. Do not pressure bleed without a proper master cylinder adapter. The wrong adapter can lead to leakage, or drawing air back into the system. Use an adapter provided with the equipment.

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    Fig. Submerse the brake bleeding hose into a jar of clean brake fluid.