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I was changing out a spindle on my 4runner tonight and broke a hardline on my front breaks... I am leaving for Gunnison tomorrow at 1:30 and am going to try to source a new one in the morning but I have no idea how to blead breaks... is anyone available in windsor or surrounding area to help get me on the road by 1:30? Feel free to text me of you can... 303 589 two728 any help would be amazing!

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I was changing out a spindle on my 4runner tonight and broke a hardline on my front breaks... I am leaving for Gunnison tomorrow at 1:30 and am going to try to source a new one in the morning but I have no idea how to blead breaks... is anyone available in windsor or surrounding area to help get me on the road by 1:30? Feel free to text me of you can... 303 589 two728 any help would be amazing!

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if you cant get help locally, look for a one man bleeder kit at the parts store when you are getting the line.
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Didnt know it was possible to do it with one person, good to know! Is it possible that auto parts store, non dealer, would have the hardline?

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Didnt know it was possible to do it with one person, good to know! Is it possible that auto parts store, non dealer, would have the hardline?

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i wouldnt think that the parts store would have anything other than a universal line that you would have to cut, flare etc yourself.
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Thats what I figured, thanks!

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You can prob get a premade flex line that will work.

Otherwise you will need the flaring tool as well. And that those take a little time to make.


The "power/pump" bleeders make bleeding pretty easy.

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Last time I went to autozone for a hard line (for my 86+ calipers) they had the proper length, but they weren't pre-bent.

I might have the taco hardlines sitting around someplace, and I wouldn't mind helpping bleed the brakes... but I won't be able to find them or get them to you by 130.

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Yeah the auto parts stores have straight sections of hard line. Get one of those and a brake line bender. The cheap one that looks like a hoop on a handle is fine. Then bend it yourself. It's pretty easy.

Even easier than a bleeder kit, and works every time: 3-5ft of 1/4" clear vinyl hose. It works basically the same way as the one man bleeder kit, but I started doing this after my kit broke, and now I like using just the hose a lot better.

Fill up the reservoir. Stretch the hose over the bleeder nipple and route it straight up. Wrap it around your upper control arm or something so it stays going upright. Pump the brakes like 30 times, then go and crack the bleeder open 1/8 turn. You should see several bubbles come out. If the fluid has positive pressure, as in the fluid does not suck back in the caliper if you leave the bleeder cracked open, then pump a few more times with the bleeder open until there is at least 12" of solid brake fluid with no bubbles near the caliper. If it does not have positive pressure, keep pumping with the bleeder closed. When you get that 12" of solid brake fluid, close the bleeder. Fill up the reservoir again.

If you bleed all of the brakes, you should start at the bleeder furthest away from the master cylinder (usually passenger rear). And don't forget about the bleeder on the proportioning valve.

I have never had somebody to help me bleed before, and this works perfect every time. I can do all of the brakes in 10 minutes. I have tried other methods, including the power bleeder and gotten a spongy pedal, but never when I do it this way.

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^That is an interesting method. I might try that. I never have a helper.

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Got it all figured out. Thanks again for the help everyone. And fyi there is a shop in loveland called tubes and hoses they bent me up a new hardline for $15 and took all of 10 min. I went to the local auto repair shop in windsor and asked a mechanic if for 20 buck on his break he'd come show me how to bleed them. I feel like I could have done it on my own with all the direction u guys gave me but I just didnt want a doubt in my mind knowing I had the trip to gunnison in a few hours. Thanks again for all the tips! I'll get to use them in a few weeks when I swap out 3rds.

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I've always had excellent results with a Motive Products pressure bleeder.
There's little to go wrong because the bottle maintains pressure on the system as it feeds brake fluid to the MC as it's bled out. It doesn't cost much either.
I did add a pressure bleed off valve to dump the pressure in the bottle once you're done. That makes it a little easier to not make a mess when you're putting it all away.
It's an excellent way to change out your brake fluid which you should do every couple of years.

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Thanks Dick.

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bout the only thing that goes wrong with the motive power bleeder, is getting the adapter to seal in the first place. That takes a decent amount of time and luck. I've dumped a bunch of fluid down the wheel well more than once when the seal breaks.

Once I finally get a good seal, it's awesome for getting a good bleed.

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