In preparation for the eventual
installation of stainless steel brake lines, I installed a set of Speed
Bleeders at each wheel to aid in the bleeding process. The set of
4 cost $42 and were purchased directly from Speed
The Speed Bleeders have a
one-way check valve which opens when brake pressure is applied with the
bleeder screw in the open position. When the brake pedal is
released the spring causes the ball-bearing to seal the brake
The Speed Bleeders are very
easy to install. The procedure is the same for each wheel.
First, remove the rubber cap from the stock bleeder and take the bleeder
out with a 10mm wrench. Some brake fluid will come out, but not a
lot. Have a towel handy and DO NOT get brake fluid anywhere
near your paint!!
Next, screw in the Speed Bleeder.
Open the Speed Bleeder 1/4 to
1/2 a turn, and then attach a bleeder hose. Run the other end of
the hose into a container, and pump the brake until clear bubble-less
brake fluid comes out (2 pumps should do it). Keep an eye on the
brake fluid reservoir and make sure it never empties out. Keep
refilling the reservoir with new brake fluid up to the "Max"
line. Never re-use old brake fluid!
The brilliance behind the Speed Bleeder is the one-way
check valve which opens and then shuts when you release the brake
pedal. There is no need to shut the valve while the pedal is
depressed. The entire bleeding operation can be done by one
Screw the Speed Bleeder in the
rest of the way and then place the rubber cap over the tip.
Save the stock bleeders for a
rainy day, but you will probably never need to use them again.