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Old 07-24-2015, 12:59 PM
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brake fluid change and jacking vehicle

Planning to change brake fluid myself. Can you access the drain without removing the wheels? If you have to remove the wheels is a jack (type that you pump up and has a metal rod to pump) strong enough to gravity drain (may take 30 minutes). I don't have jack stands, only a ramp and a jack and a scissors jack.

My guess is the rear wheels need removal and also the front unless you are a contortionist.

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Old 07-24-2015, 03:46 PM
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Planning to change brake fluid myself. Can you access the drain without removing the wheels? If you have to remove the wheels is a jack (type that you pump up and has a metal rod to pump) strong enough to gravity drain (may take 30 minutes). I don't have jack stands, only a ramp and a jack and a scissors jack.

My guess is the rear wheels need removal and also the front unless you are a contortionist.
You have to remove the wheels. I use a 2 ton hydraulic jack (under the jack pad) from Walmart and slide the removed wheel under the car for safety. I have a home made power bleeder that I made years ago that works fantastic. They're easy to make and the net is full of instructions. Gravity bleeding takes a very, very, long time.

FYI: My dealer only charges about $132.00 to flush brakes. At that price it's almost not worth it to bother at home.

Another quick note. Our cars take LV brake fluid. I use this: http://www.amazon.com/Pentosin-DOT-B.../dp/B0070Y9CE4

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Old 07-24-2015, 05:01 PM
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Planning to change brake fluid myself. Can you access the drain without removing the wheels? If you have to remove the wheels is a jack (type that you pump up and has a metal rod to pump) strong enough to gravity drain (may take 30 minutes). I don't have jack stands, only a ramp and a jack and a scissors jack.



My guess is the rear wheels need removal and also the front unless you are a contortionist.

I did a full break service (new pads, rooters and fluid flush) with the spare tire jack when I first bought my car. THIS IS NOT the best option but after spending $800+ on parts and a few tools I was reluctant to buy a quality jack and stands at the time, which I have since bought.

The jack I bought from Home Depot for only $100 and it's great 3 ton Husky jack. Jack stands were $40 a pair from Autozone for the 4 ton set.

I also purchased a pressure flushing tool for $60 from ECS tuning which made the job a lot quicker.
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