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Old 03-01-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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Mity Vac brake bleeder

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Does anyone recommend these or have any other suggestions?
I will be using it for the bikes and boat trailers.
I wanted to get a compressed bleeder but I don't think I want to need it @ the track and not have the compressed air handy.
It's $35.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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Meh. I don't like those, they're junk IMO. You shouldn't be bleeding brakes at the track anyways, all that needs to be done before you get there.
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Meh. I don't like those, they're junk IMO. You shouldn't be bleeding brakes at the track anyways, all that needs to be done before you get there.
Okay, so what do you recommend then?
I realize that.
Stuff happens sometimes though and you never know when you'll need it.
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used those for years, work great for me. bikes cars whatever. stepped up to an air powered unit when I did a lot of cars, but that little hand pump works fine, i have one that is 5 years old and still great. used for brakes, clutches, and testing emissions equipment on cars.
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Old 03-02-2009, 02:36 AM   #5
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i have a mityvac, and wouldn't even think about doing a brake job without it. works fantastic.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:54 AM   #6
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I have that same pump. It's good for a brake flush. For the final bleed, however, I do it the old fashioned way.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:54 AM   #7
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they wk pretty good for the money, i have both in my tool box, that is also very good to use in engine diagnostics on your car, you can alot about an engine with a vacuum gauge
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i have a mityvac, and wouldn't even think about doing a brake job without it. works fantastic.
+1, I have a differant brand but basically same thing... Works great even on my 3/4 ton 4wd truck.
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I love my mityvac
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:11 AM   #10
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They work well enough for the weekend warrior.
Sears also sells a metal body one for around the same price and it's rebuildable.
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definitely get one with a vacuum gauge on it, and as Patrick said, the metal ones will last you longer (a better investment).
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definitely get one with a vacuum gauge on it, and as Patrick said, the metal ones will last you longer (a better investment).
Might have to check the Sear's one out. My plastic one has been beaten and broken, still works good, just isn't in good shape.
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My only problem with vacuum bleeders in general, is that you never know when you've evacuated all the air from the brake system. Ais will seep past the threads of the bleeder screw, and past the seal where the hose attaches to the bleeder screw as well. So, you will constantly see air bubbles that look like they are coming from your brake system that really are not coming from your brake system. There are several pros to having one, from the useful vacuum gauge, being able to suck off extra fluid if you overfill something, being able to apply and hold vacuum to something (like a vacuum operated petcock on your gas tank), etc..
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I usually do like dustin said though, the last bit I used the old fashion hose in a bottle.
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I usually do like dustin said though, the last bit I used the old fashion hose in a bottle.
Ryan, can I borrow yours? If I like it, I may pick one up. We'll see.

BTW Scott, what do you use?
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Ryan, can I borrow yours? If I like it, I may pick one up. We'll see.

BTW Scott, what do you use?
yep. come by anytime and pick it up. just give me a call first to make sure i am home.

last time i saw scott bleed brakes he was using the tried and true rubber hose in a glass bottle.

both work and get the job done. when the mity vac REALLY comes in handy is when you are doing a complete replacement of brake fluid.
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I have both kind one for air pump and the hand pump style both work great. I just got done using the kind like you want to change the lines on my 650.
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I usually do like dustin said though, the last bit I used the old fashion hose in a bottle.
I do all mine "hose in bottle" fashion, including flushes/bleeds/etc
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i have one for 4 years and works me. replace brake lines, rebuilt calipars and had no difficults getting the fluid back into the brake system with it.
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