Mazda RX-8 2004-06

Bleeding the Brake System

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WARNING
Brake fluid will damage painted surfaces. Be careful not to spill any on painted surfaces. If it is spilled, wipe it off immediately.


NOTE
Keep the fluid level in the reserve tank at 3/4 full or more during bleeding.

  1. Begin bleeding with the master cylinder and then continue with the brake caliper that is furthest away from the master cylinder. Finish by bleeding air from the master cylinder again.
    NOTE
    Only use SAE J1703, FMVSS 116 DOT-3 Brake Fluid.

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  3. Remove the bleeder cap from the brake caliper, and connect a vinyl tube to the bleeder screw.
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  5. Place the other end of the vinyl tube in a clear container, and fill the container with fluid during air bleeding.
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  7. Working with two people, one should depress the brake pedal a few times and then depress and hold the pedal down.
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  9. While the brake pedal is being held down, the other person should loosen the bleeder screw using the SST, and bleed any fluid containing air bubbles. Once completed, tighten the bleeder screw to 62-86 inch lbs. (6.9-9.8 Nm).
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  11. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until no air bubbles are seen.
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  13. Perform the bleeding procedure outlined above for each of the brake calipers.
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  15. After air bleeding, inspect the following:
    1. Brake operation
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    3. Fluid leakage
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    5. Fluid level

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      Fig. Bleeding the brakes

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