Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Bleeding the Brake System

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CAUTION
Brake fluid contains polyglycol ethers and polyglycols. Avoid contact with the eyes and wash your hands thoroughly after handling brake fluid. If you do get brake fluid in your eyes, flush your eyes with clean, running water for 15 minutes. If eye irritation persists, or if you have taken brake fluid internally, IMMEDIATELY seek medical assistance.

On vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), please refer to the appropriate procedure later in this section.

If any maintenance or repairs were performed on the brake system, or if air is suspected in the system, the system must be bled. If the master cylinder has been overhauled or if the fluid reservoir was run dry, start the bleeding procedure with the master cylinder. Otherwise (and after bleeding the master cylinder), start with the wheel cylinder which is farthest from the master cylinder (longest hydraulic line).


WARNING
Clean, high quality brake fluid is essential to the safe and proper operation of the brake system. You should always buy the highest quality brake fluid that is available. If the brake fluid becomes contaminated, drain and flush the system, then refill the master cylinder with new fluid. Never reuse any brake fluid. Any brake fluid that is removed from the system should be discarded. Also, do not allow any brake fluid to come in contact with a painted surface; it will damage the paint.

MASTER CYLINDER



See Figures 1, 2 and 3


CAUTION
Brake fluid contains polyglycol ethers and polyglycols. Avoid contact with the eyes and wash your hands thoroughly after handling brake fluid. If you do get brake fluid in your eyes, flush your eyes with clean, running water for 15 minutes. If eye irritation persists, or if you have taken brake fluid internally, IMMEDIATELY seek medical assistance.

  1. Check the fluid level in the master cylinder reservoir and add fluid as required to bring to the proper level.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Add brake fluid to the master cylinder to the full position

  1. Disconnect the brake lines from the master cylinder. Place a few shop rags around the master cylinder port holes.
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  3. Have an assistant depress the brake pedal and hold it in the down position, fluid will spew from the cylinder.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Once the brake lines are disconnected, have an assistant depress and hold the pedal down

  1. While the pedal is