Tracker 2000-2004

Manual Bleeding

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CAUTION
Do not move the vehicle until a firm brake pedal is obtained. Air in the brake system can cause the loss of brakes with possible personal injury.

Bleed the brake system in the following sequence: The right rear wheel cylinder; the left rear wheel cylinder; the right front caliper; the left front caliper.

  1. Verify that the engine is off. Push the brake pedal several times in order to remove the vacuum reserve.
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  3. Verify that the reservoir is at least half-full. Fill the reservoir, if necessary.
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  5. Remove the bleeder valve cap.
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  7. Attach a clear plastic tube or a vinyl tube to the bleeder valve. Submerge the other end of the tube in a clear container that is partially filled with brake fluid.

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    Fig. Clear plastic or vinyl tube (1) connected to the bleeder valve with the other end of tube in a clear container (2) partially filled with brake fluid

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  9. Instruct a second technician to press the brake pedal several times, and to hold the brake pedal completely pressed.
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  11. With the brake pedal completely pressed, loosen the bleeder valve by one half turn. The brake pedal falls all the way to the floor when brake fluid flows out of the bleeder valve into the clear fluid container.
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  13. Close the bleeder valve.

    Tighten the caliper bleeder valve to 75 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
     
    Tighten the wheel cylinder bleeder valve to 66 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
     

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  15. Instruct the second technician to slowly release the pedal.
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  17. Verify that the reservoir is at least half-full. Fill the reservoir, if necessary.
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  19. Repeat this procedure until the air bubbles do not appear in the clear fluid container.
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  21. Install the bleeder valve cap.
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  23. Repeat this procedure at all four wheels, if necessary.
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  25. Verify that the reservoir is at least half-full. Fill the reservoir, if necessary.
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  27. Pump the brake pedal.
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  29. Inspect the brake pedal feel for sponginess. Repeat this procedure if sponginess exists.
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  31. Verify that the BRAKE indicator lamp is off.
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  33. Inspect the brake system for fluid leaks.
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