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Hand vacuum or pressure bleeder (archive)

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Posted by Dave Rutkowski on December 23, 1999 at 17:15:18:

In Reply to: Whats the best way to change brake fluid, 90 535i? posted by john on December 23, 1999 at 16:53:04:

I've used a Mitivac hand vacuum pump for all my cars for years, with no problems. Just start at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder, and work your way around. Take a turkey baster and suck out the reservoir before you start, and keep it filled with fluid the whole time! I'd recommend ATE Type200 or ATE Blue. Might be a good time to consider changing to stainless brake lines as well.

A lot of people prefer to use a pressure bleeder rather than the vacuum pump. Steve D sells one at Ultimate Garage, and Jim Powell has directions for a "poor man's version" on his website (

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