98 Accord, coupe, V6, auto, 105,000 miles.
I'm working on multiple tranny drain and fills and like an earlier poster
mentioned, I should change the brake fluid next...
My guess is its not good enough to change just the fluid in the reservoir...
Do I have to bleed the brakes..
(I think I know the answer I just never have good luck bleeding brakes. open
valve, pump brake, close valve, repeat, repeat, repeat...........)
Remove all of the fluid from the master cylinder reservoir. A turkey baster
works all right. When you get down near the bottom part of the reservoir, a
syringe works pretty good. Don't use a paper towel or anything to wipe out
the reservoir. Just leave it alone. Refill the reservoir with clean fluid
and bleed the brakes.
That might be your problem. The sequence is to hold the brake pedal down,
then open the bleeder valve. When you open the valve, the brake pedal
should go all the way down. Close the valve and then have your assistant
reapply pressure to the brake pedal. Repeat the process until you have
clean fluid coming out of all 4 cylinders. Check your manual for the proper
sequence to bleed each of the wheel cylinders. Note that I like to use a
section of clear Tygon style tubing to attach to the bleeder valves to
direct the fluid into a waste container. Using clear tubing also
facilitates knowing when the fluid is coming out clean and all the air is
gone. You should also use a closed ended wrench on the bleeder valves.
Using an open ended wrench may strip the bleeder valves as they can get
stuck over the years and become difficult to loosen.
On a '98 I wouldn't worry too much about that.
And it is correct to apply pressure and hold, THEN open the bleed nipple.
The pedal will go to the floor very fast and you'll hear the thump. Close
nipple, THEN have helper raise pedal. Repeat. Every eight or so pedal-
presses, top up the MC.
Bleed right rear, left front; left rear, right front.
I find bleed sequence isn't really that important anyway, so you could do
rear (any order) then front (any order) if you want.
And if you have ABS, you'll need to bleed twice, once before exercising the
ABS, and once after.
popular misconception - perhaps from the days of cast iron cylinders and
crappy detroit seals. honda [nissin] use alloy cylinders and very high
quality seals. they last a very long time and are not generally subject
to that kind of problem.
i just rebuilt my master cylinder and posted pics of the reason for the
leak on 11/18 - the car's 17 years old and i doubt the brake fluid had
ever been changed before i bought the car 2.5 years ago. the inside of
the cylinder was perfectly clean and completely un-scored. cylinders
/do/ leak, and this generally coincides with flushing the fluid in the
system, but it's more commonly due to slight changes in the seal when
suddenly subject to fresh fluid chemistry - it shrinks slightly.
bleed the system per the book - pedal to the floor. it is essential
that the cylinder withstand this action - which might be required in
emergency braking. if for some reason it /does/ fail after using full
cylinder travel, the cylinder needs to be replaced or reconditioned, and
it's best you figure that out now rather than "test" it in the wrong
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