HHR 2006-2008

Pressure Bleeding

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    WARNING
    When adding fluid to the brake master cylinder reservoir, use only GM approved or equivalent DOT-3 brake fluid from a clean, sealed brake fluid container. The use of any type of fluid other than the recommended type of brake fluid may cause contamination which could result in damage to the internal rubber seals and/or rubber linings of hydraulic brake system components.


    WARNING
    Avoid spilling brake fluid onto painted surfaces, electrical connections, wiring, or cables. Brake fluid will damage painted surfaces and cause corrosion to electrical components. If any brake fluid comes in contact with painted surfaces, immediately flush the area with water. If any brake fluid comes in contact with electrical connections, wiring, or cables, use a clean shop cloth to wipe away the fluid.

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  3. Place a clean shop cloth beneath the brake master cylinder to catch brake fluid spills.
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  5. With the ignition OFF and the brakes cool, apply the brakes 3-5 times, or until the brake pedal becomes firm, in order to deplete the brake booster power reserve.
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  7. If you have performed a brake master cylinder bench bleeding on this vehicle, or if you disconnected the brake pipes from the master cylinder, or if you have disconnected the brake pipes from the proportioning valve assembly or the brake modulator assembly, you must perform the following steps to bleed air at the ports of the hydraulic component:
    1. If removal of the reservoir cap and diaphragm is necessary, clean the outside of the reservoir on and around the cap prior to removal.
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    3. With the brake pipes installed securely to the master cylinder, proportioning valve assembly, or brake modulator assembly, loosen and separate one of the brake pipes from the port of the component. For the proportioning valve assembly or the brake modulator assembly, perform these steps in the sequence of system flow; begin with the fluid feed pipes from the master cylinder.
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    5. Allow a small amount of brake fluid to gravity bleed from the open port of the component.
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    7. Reconnect the brake pipe to the component and tighten securely.
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    9. Have an assistant slowly depress the brake pedal fully and maintain steady pressure on the pedal.
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    11. Loosen the same brake pipe to purge air from the open port of the component.
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    13. Tighten the brake pipe, then have the assistant slowly release the brake pedal.
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    15. Wait 15 seconds, then repeat steps 3-7 until all air is purged from the same port of the component.
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    17. With the brake pipe installed securely to the master cylinder, proportioning valve assembly, or brake modulator assembly, and after all air has been purged from the first port of the component that was bled, loosen and separate the next brake pipe from the component, then repeat steps 3.3-3.8 until each of the ports on the component has been bled.
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    19. After completing the final component port bleeding procedure, ensure that each of the brake pipe-to-component fittings is properly tightened.
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  9. Clean the outside of the reservoir on and around the reservoir cap prior to removing the cap and diaphragm.
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  11. Install a pressure bleeder such as J 44894-A to the brake master cylinder reservoir.
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  13. Connect the J 29532, or equivalent, to the J 44894-A.
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  15. Charge the J 29532, or equivalent, air tank to 25-30 psi (175-205 kPa).
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  17. Open the J 29532, or equivalent, fluid tank valve to allow pressurized brake fluid to enter the brake system.
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  19. Wait approximately 30 seconds, then, inspect the entire hydraulic brake system in order to ensure that there are no existing external brake fluid leaks. Any brake fluid leaks identified require repair prior to completing this procedure.
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  21. Install a proper box-end wrench onto the RIGHT REAR wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve.
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  23. Install a transparent hose over the end of the bleeder valve.
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  25. Loosen the bleeder valve to purge air from the wheel hydraulic circuit. Allow fluid to flow until air bubbles stop flowing from the bleeder, then tighten the bleeder valve.
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  27. With the right rear wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve tightened securely, and after all air has been purged from the right rear hydraulic circuit, install a proper box-end wrench onto the LEFT FRONT wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve.
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  29. Install a transparent hose over the end of the bleeder valve, then repeat steps 13-14.
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  31. With the left front wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve tightened securely, and after all air has been purged from the left front hydraulic circuit, install a proper box-end wrench onto the LEFT REAR wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve.
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  33. Install a transparent hose over the end of the bleeder valve, then, repeat steps 13-14.
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  35. With the left rear wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve tightened securely, and after all air has been purged from the left rear hydraulic circuit, install a proper box-end wrench onto the RIGHT FRONT wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valve.
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  37. Install a transparent hose over the end of the bleeder valve, then, repeat steps 13-14.
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  39. After completing the final wheel hydraulic circuit bleeding procedure, ensure that each of the 4 wheel hydraulic circuit bleeder valves is properly tightened.
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  41. Close the J 29532, or equivalent, fluid tank valve, then disconnect the J 29532, or equivalent, from the J 44894-A.
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  43. Remove the J 44894-A from the brake master cylinder reservoir.
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  45. Slowly depress and release the brake pedal. Observe the feel of the brake pedal.
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  47. If the brake pedal feels spongy perform the following steps:
    1. Inspect the brake system for external leaks.
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    3. If equipped with anti-lock brakes, using a scan tool, perform the antilock brake system automated bleeding procedure to remove any air that may have been trapped in the Brake Pressure Modulator Valve (BPMV).
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