Ram B1500, B2500, B3500, 1999-2003

Manual Bleeding

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NOTE
This procedure covers bleeding of the base brakes only. On vehicles equipped with ABS, refer to the bleeding procedure located under the ABS portion of this section.


NOTE
Use Mopar® brake fluid, or an equivalent quality fluid meeting SAE J1703-F and DOT 3 standards only. Use fresh, clean fluid from a sealed container at all times.

  1. Remove reservoir filler caps and fill reservoir.
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  3. If calipers were overhauled, open all caliper bleed screws. Then close each bleed screw as fluid starts to drip from it. Top off master cylinder reservoir once more before proceeding.
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  5. Attach one end of bleed hose to bleed screw and insert opposite end in glass container (2) partially filled with brake fluid. Be sure end of bleed hose is immersed in fluid.
    NOTE
    Bleed procedure should be in this order: (1) Right rear (2) Left rear (3) Right front (4) Left front.

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  7. Open up bleeder, then have a helper press down the brake pedal. Once the pedal is down close the bleeder. Repeat bleeding until fluid stream is clear and free of bubbles. Then move to the next wheel.
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  9. Before moving the vehicle verify the pedal is firm and not mushy.
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  11. Top off the brake fluid and install the reservoir cap.
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NOTE
Use Mopar brake fluid, or an equivalent quality fluid meeting SAE J1703-F and DOT 3 standards only. Use fresh, clean fluid from a sealed container at all times.


WARNING
Do not pump the 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.


WARNING
Do not allow the master cylinder to run out of fluid during bleed 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.

Bleed only one brake component at a time in the following sequence:

  1. Remove reservoir filler caps and fill reservoir.
  2.  
  3. If calipers, or wheel cylinders were overhauled, open all caliper and wheel cylinder bleed screws. Then close each bleed screw as fluid starts to drip from it. Top off master cylinder reservoir once more before proceeding.
  4.  
  5. Attach one end of bleed hose to bleed screw and insert opposite end in glass container partially filled with brake fluid. Be sure end of bleed hose is immersed in fluid.
  6.  
  7. Open up bleeder, then have a helper press down the brake pedal. Once the pedal is down close the bleeder. Repeat bleeding until fluid stream is clear and free of bubbles. Then move to the next wheel.
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