How To Bleed The Brake System On Your 97-01 Honda CR250
The Tools You Will Need
- 8mm Wrench
- Clear Tubing
- Catch Pan
- Shop Towels
The Parts You Will Need
- DOT 4 Brake Fluid
Bleeding your brake system is a straightforward process, but may take some patience and a helping hand.
You can bleed your brakes in two ways:
Manually, or by vacuum pump, but since the results are the same; (removing are from the brake system), We’re going to stick with bleeding manually, because I don’t know about you, but I don’t take my vacuum pump to the track.
Remember! Brake fluid will damage your pads, so keep your shop towels handy!
The bleeding procedure is the same on the front and rear brakes, but you will need to remove the guard on the rear caliper.
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- Brake fluid damages everything, so keep your towels handy!
- Pictures with captions are after the steps below.
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Brake System Bleeding
- Connect your tube to the bleeder valve, and place the drain end in your catch pan.
- Fill the reservoir to the marked limit, but do not install the cap. The brakes are a sealed system, so installing the reservoir cap will work against the bleeding process by creating a vacuum in the reservoir.
- Apply pressure to the brakes and hold them.
- With pressure applied, open the bleeder valve.
- After the system pressure is released, close the bleeder valve, then release the brake.
- DO NOT PUMP YOUR BRAKES! If you pump the brakes with the valve open, you will draw air into the system.
- Repeat this process until the air bubbles have stopped, and only brake fluid can be seen in the tube.
- Bleeder Valve 48 in-lb
Throughout the bleeding process, keep an eye on your reservoir level. If you let it drain, then you will introduce air from the opposite side of the brake system, and you need to start over.
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