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    Default Bled My Brakes

    I renewed the brake fluid in my Signum this morning, using a tool that's new to me:

    http://www.powertoolsdirect.com/saxo...-bleeding-tool


    I actually bought it from Halford (£2.45 with a trade card) but can't find a picture on their website to show you. I have a Gunson Eezibleed somewhere in the house, having last used it a year ago, but this Vizibleed gizmo has one big advantage of the Eezibleed. Once you've finished using any of these sorts of devices, and they're covered in brake fluid inside and out, what do you do with them? Spend ages wiping them clean, only to find you can't quite shift the oily residue? You can't rinse them out with water because you'll never get all the moisture out of the tubing, and that'll render them unusable. But, if you've only paid £2.45 for the device, then just throw it away after using it. Simples.

    I also took the opportunity to upgrade to DOT5.1, from DOT4. It's safe to mix with 4, and it's also lighter in colour, so you can seen when the DOT5.1 starts coming out of the bleed nipple, telling you that the old stuff has been ejected, rather than just being able to see when the bubbles have stopped coming out.

    Anyway, the Vizibleed worked a treat, and I'm going to buy a couple more, in case the price shoots up or they stop selling it - as happens with a good thing.

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    Good tip, Jezzy. I think I've got a version of that somewhere, but at those prices doesn't hurt to buy and dispose, as you say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Once you've finished using any of these sorts of devices, and they're covered in brake fluid inside and out, what do you do with them?
    If anyone else had posted this I think this would have been your reply to them.

    Wipe it down and put them back in the box and stick it in the shed, its not as if your not storing it in the fridge next to the Stilton and Stella is it. Its only brake fluid, not Ebola.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    If anyone else had posted this I think this would have been your reply to them.
    No mate, that would be missing an obvious point - brake fluid strips paint work, so when you've got it on your hands or your latex gloves, you're inevitably going to get it on the bodywork of the car (the door handle, for example, when opening it to press the brake pedal) or the wheels when you remove/fit them.

    And if you want to do an impression of me, you have to observe more closely. My sarcasm follows someone's silly posts, not when common sense is required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    No mate, that would be missing an obvious point - brake fluid strips paint work, so when you've got it on your hands or your latex gloves, you're inevitably going to get it on the bodywork of the car (the door handle, for example, when opening it to press the brake pedal) or the wheels when you remove/fit them.

    And if you want to do an impression of me, you have to observe more closely. My sarcasm follows someone's silly posts, not when common sense is required.
    So your going to throw it away because you've got brake fluid on your hands and gloves? Would it not make more sense just to just throw the gloves away or wash your hands after you've wiped the bleeder down and put it away?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DasArab View Post
    So your going to throw it away because you've got brake fluid on your hands and gloves? Would it not make more sense just to just throw the gloves away or wash your hands after you've wiped the bleeder down and put it away?

    No, it would make more sense to buy the £2.45 disposable device. Problem solved.

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