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Old 07-04-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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neccessary to bleed brakes after pad change?

going to be replacing both front and rear pads on my car soon, but wondering will i still get the new pad feel if i dont bleed my brakes right after.

also where can i find the bit that removes the screws to take off the discs. it looks like a phillips. but from previous experience on other cars. i used a #2 phillips bit with air gun, and it stripped the shit out of the head.
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If the fluid's old, replace it regardless. You don't have to bleed them after a pad change.

It's a #3 Phillips. Best way is to use an impact driver which turns as you strike it. I've never had a problem using one that attaches to a 3/8 ratchet. Just hammer it in til it bottoms out (snug) and crack it loose with the ratchet. Air gun is waay overkill.
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u can use an impact screw driver, basically when u hit the butt end, it turns in reverse a little bit.

another way is to use a torch and heat the screw then try to unscrew it. this generally will release its corrosion from the threads.

as for bleeding, a cheap trick and it wont force ur old fluid back up to the resevoir, is to open up the bleed screw and push ur brake piston back. fluid flows where it i goes easiest, and if the bleeder screw is open, and u leave the caliper still on the car, the bleeder screw generally points upwards. use a bleeder kit w/ tube and it will make sure no air gets "sucked" back in the system. this only gets rid of the old brake fluid that resides in the caliper. i still reconmend bleeding the system the traditional way, with a friend pumping the brakes.
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^ And to add to that, If you have an ABS system, it's best to gravity bleed.
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