[T3] Brake Bleeding

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Tue Apr 26 04:21:01 PDT 2016

I'm not clear on whether you have got a good squirt of fluid out of the
rears yet.  If not, you still have a fluid problem.

When a bleed valve is opened, you should get slow drips without any need to
push the pedal, simply because the reservoir is well above the wheel
cylinder.  If you don't, even when the pedal is pushed, it sounds like
something in the rear circuit may still be partly blocked.  

Check and clean each rear bleed screw.  Fluid should drip slowly from the
wheel cylinder if pipes and hoses are clear. 

If not, the hoses may need replacing.  Unless they've been replaced in the
last 10 years (check the date code on the hoses), you probably need them
even if the MC is a bit suspect.

Hope you get to the bottom of the problem soon.

UK VW Type 3&4 Club

-----Original Message-----
From: type3-vwtype3.org [mailto:type3-vwtype3.org-bounces at lists.vwtype3.org]
On Behalf Of J. Jonik
Sent: 26 April 2016 01:03
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Brake Bleeding

Never did all that bleeding work using engine on and back and forth...but
will do ASAP.

One thing...no...the brake pedal doesn't go to the floor on first push or
when needing to stop quickly.  It goes about half way, or about a
third...but still needs those three or so little pumps to get it up to
comfortable.  Even as is, it will stop the car on a one-push quick panic
braking (a rare situation).

What was weird was when my friend helped me bleed last week, she couldn't
get pedal to go to the floor even when I had any of the 3, out of the four,
valves open.  Front left went to the floor when valve was opened, as it
should.     Will see what happens tomorrow.

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