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Old 05-04-2011, 05:13 PM
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Brake Bleeder Valve

Ok so my master cylinder exploded and I replaced it and obviously went to bleed my brakes. Well the previous owner of this truck I don't think did it. Ever. Well I ended up replacing half my brake lines but I went to go bleed my brakes and the valves are just rusted in. No amount of heat and PB blaster is loosening them. I really don't want to replace the drums and calipers just with ones that I can bleed. That seems ridiculous and too much work.

Also someone told me that you cant drill the bleeder valves out? Is that bs? It seems logical that you should. Theyre still just "screws"
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:19 PM
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I have never used them before but there are repair kits for brake bleeder screws. You have to drill out the old one, drill the hole bigger and then tap it for the one.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:32 PM
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That might work. I do have a tap set. Although I imagine the kit would come with one. But honestly would you have to re drill the hole? If you just drill it out with a smaller bit the screw looses its structural integrity and you can "crush" it out. Or is it different with bleeder valves?
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:45 PM
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Your theory sounds correct. It's worth a shot. You could try that first, and if that doesn't work you can even try a easy out. Just dont ruin the threads. Then if that doesnt work, you can tap it and use the repair kit. When my bleeder screws broke I tried to drill them out, but I couldn't get my drill bit centered on the screw and I eff'd em up. Ended up having to get 2 new calipers.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:36 PM
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Thats what Im afraid of doing. And its the drum brakes im having a hard time with and those valves are above the brake line right above the axle -_-
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I cant remember how the drums look. Mine are disks. Center punch it good, and start with a small drill bit and slowly work your way up. good luck.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:54 PM
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Yeah Ive been wanting to put a SD axle in to have disc in the rear. I hate drum brakes.
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