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Dear Everyone:

Please help me! I have a 1969 307 (standard) Camaro and I can't get all the air out of the brake lines and establish any kind of reliable pedal (manual brakes). I have had this car for 5 years and it is my everyday driver. New Parts include: Wheel cylinders, master cylinder (3), all 3 brake hoses, checked the pedal adj rod, etc, etc. The thing is possessed by the devil. We took the proportioning valve out. I drive a grade everyday to get downtown. I love this car beyond reason. My husband is a Ford lover and wants to put a lead slug through it. Any clues??

Lone Camaro Lover in Wine Country
 

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Eastwood sells a vacuum pump for bleeding brakes. It's hard to get all the air out when you have changed all the components as you have. With the pump you can start with the passenger side rear cylinder and once you have good flow you can go on to the rest of the cyliders, then bleed as you would normally.
 

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Did you bench bleed the master cylinder (s) prior to installing and bleed ing the system? If not sometimes it will take a very long time if ever to bleed the air out through the wheel cylinders. If the master is bled then I prefer the two person method as follows. Start at the right rear wheel with the bleeder screw closed. Pump the brakes until you have some pedal pressure. If you can not get initial pedal presssure of any sort pump the pedal with the bleeder open until you see fluid coming out. Once you have pedal hold down and open the screw. Repeat this a couple times then the next time close the screw before the pedal is all the way down. This woill prevent the system from pulling air back into the wheel cylinder. It's tedious and takes coordination between the two peolple but it works well for me. My daughter on the other hand hates it. (sore leg) In a Camaro that is not driven to extremes properly adjusted, bled and maintained drum brakes are as effective and efficient as are discs. If I can help anymore let me know. If you noticed I live just down the road. My e-mail is [email protected]. Don't let the Ford guy get to ya.

John
 

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Make shure the brake shoes are adjusted right, if they are just a little loose, you will have a low pedal.
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