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Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: October 03, 2008 02:49PM

A gorilla worked on some brakes last on a car I am doing the brakes on. Went to turn the bleeder and it snapped right off. Any good suggestions for removing the rest of the bleeder? This happened on both sides. First time we just replaced the whole thing with new. This side we dont have a new one handy. I may try the old weld a nut on trick that works for broken bolts. Or wait for a new part to be shipped.


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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 03, 2008 03:02PM

try welding.. the SEAT is jammed against the metal... unlike a normal bolt..

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: John Luscinski ()
Date: October 03, 2008 03:28PM

Hi Geoff:

Ihave been there and done that. If you can get the wheel cylinder out and get it to a vice you might be able to heat it and get it out. I know that this takes work by removing the brake parts off but it is worth while. It is tough to get at it from behind. I then used an easy out. Heated it let it cool down then heated it again. I also used PB blaster once it was almost cool but warm. This worked for me a number of times. I think that welding it might melt the bleeder? To small for a weld. Then again you could just spend the $35.00 or so for a new one. I would say that this is a good time to hone out the cylinder if you have it on the vice. Just my 2 cents. I hope that this helps.

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: Marion ()
Date: October 03, 2008 03:35PM

Also, you can buy reverse drill bits. Start with a tiny one, and work your way bigger. Eventually it'll spin out.

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: RthrDent ()
Date: October 03, 2008 05:24PM

I just want to hear you say "broken brake bleeder" three time real fast.

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: RestoreA64 ()
Date: October 04, 2008 02:29AM

RthrDent Wrote:
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> I just want to hear you say "broken brake bleeder"
> three time real fast.
>
"broken brake bleeder
"boken bake breeder
"boken blake bladder

How's that? grinning smiley gggg, llll

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: October 04, 2008 03:10AM

Or, if you just need to get it bleed( you may not touch it again for years) just remove one piston from that cylinder, and bleed it by sliding a pin or pick tool in past the lip at the top of the rubber cup to let the air out.

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: John Luscinski ()
Date: October 04, 2008 03:26AM

Thats Cheating!! sad smiley There shouldn't be any easy way out! I guess that's why brake cylinders leak to let the air out. Sounds like a lot of hot air comeing from the rear engine in my direction.... smiling smiley


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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: RestoreA64 ()
Date: October 04, 2008 03:39AM

>>John Luscinski said: >>
Thats Cheating!! sad smiley There shouldn't be any easy way out! I guess that's why brake cylinders leak to let the air out. Sounds like a lot of hot air comeing from the rear engine in my direction.... smiling smiley
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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: leon renaud ()
Date: October 04, 2008 09:11PM

check with your parts store for a self tapping repair bleeder screw cost about 6$ last time I got one.Drill out the origonal bleeder bleeder screw according to the directions.The repair screw self threads into the cylinder and the new bleeder screw is inside it like a bolt in a heli coil.

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Re: Removing Broken Brake Bleeder
Posted by: The Stig ()
Date: October 04, 2008 11:50PM

Wow cool idea on the self tapping bleeder. Thanks for all the ideas.

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