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    hayes el camino bleed question

    I am attempting to bleed my el camino brakes and now having much luck. I have the master cylinder at the highest point and the bleed screw off. And the hook up the bottle onto the piston and then open the valve. When I squeeze the bottle I can't seem to force any fluid in and no fluid comes out at the master cylinder. What am I missing?

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    Make sure that the knob is not dialed all the way our or all the way in.

    Forget the squeeze bottle. Use a syringe.

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    Adjust the lever reach screw in about half way.

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    You may want to try Park Tools' instructions; they are pretty good and very easy to follow.
    Good luck,

    Here is the link:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=138

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbsince1981
    Adjust the lever reach screw in about half way.
    I spent three days trying to figure out why I couldn't force fluid through my El Caminos. This was exactly the problem.

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    Glad I could help.

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    finally got it too work

    well I tried the knob and the lever adjust with still no luck. Then I decided to try the technique from the avid thread to take the brakes off of the bike and then mount the lever in a vise and put the caliper on the ground. Placed the catch bottle on the bottom and then forced fluid from the top. After a couple good squezes from the bottle at the lever I had fluid coming out at the caliper. Let a bunch of fluid run throught then closed the system up. Works great now!!
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    So you were attempting to push air bubbles downward? If so, there is still air in the brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbsince1981
    So you were attempting to push air bubbles downward? If so, there is still air in the brake.
    I ran at least 10oz of brake fluid throught the lines into the catch bottle on the bottom and squeezed the lever too while pushing the fluid. The tube at the caliper was full of fluid when I tightened the valve. Do you still think I have air? They seem to work well.

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