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#4813592 - 07/13/18 10:45 PM 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding
Gito Offline

Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 617
Loc: CA
I have a Motive Brake Bleeder but they do not manufacture or sell a Master Cylinder reservoir adapter cap to pressurize the brake system.
They do sell a universal adapter that is supposed to work on the reservoir but I have read many bad reviews and actually warn people to not buy it because it leaks.
Some have made their own modifications to the adapter and have made it work for them.

I'm not looking forward to asking my wife to help pump the brakes for about an hour.

Is there a brake cap adapter/brake bleeding system that someone else has used that will work on a 1994 Honda Civic LX (ABS), 1.6L?

Any advice is greatly appreciated

#4813594 - 07/13/18 10:50 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
slacktide_bitog Online   content

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6342
Loc: USA
I like speed bleeders smile

#4813601 - 07/13/18 10:53 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: slacktide_bitog]
Gito Offline

Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 617
Loc: CA
I might have to buy some (speed bleeders). I do have 4 brand new ones that I never used and purchased many years ago for my 1991 Honda Civic. I Wonder if they are the same size or same part number. I'm willing to give them a try but need to get the car done by next Friday.

#4813609 - 07/13/18 11:06 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
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Registered: 06/12/04
Posts: 170
Loc: Athens, GA
If you want to do a single person bleed without (much) extra equipment.

All that's necessary is that whatever tube you have attached to the bleeder stays above the caliper. Only crack the bleeder enough to allow flow. Pump the pedal down and slowly let it up. The fluid in the tube above the bleeder won't let air back into the system. I've done it this way with every Honda I've owned and I flush my fluid on a regular basis.

I should mention, I have owned and used Speed Bleeders, they work great, I just found that they're not all that necessary.

Edited by ctechbob (07/13/18 11:16 PM)
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#4813610 - 07/13/18 11:06 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
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Registered: 03/11/12
Posts: 1145
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speed bleeders are nice. I use them on my truck and I will probably get them for the mazda. I do have a motive bleeder but I have never used it. You can buy a new cap for your reservoir and make your own adapter. I might do that,
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#4813866 - Yesterday at 12:02 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3475
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Russell Speed Bleeders. Use 3M silicone grease around threads to preclude air ingress. I remove wheel for access to caliper. No problem spreading work out over days or weeks. Every two years. Valvoline DOT 3/4.

#4813921 - Yesterday at 02:03 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
Gito Offline

Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 617
Loc: CA
Replaced the Master Cylinder and now I'm having trouble getting brake fluid to drain out of the rear brake lines.
I turned on the car just to see if the pedal would dive and it did but still no fluid out of the rear lines.

Had my kid depress the brake pedal while I loosened and cracked open the bleed screw at rear right caliper.
Nothing came out.

Tried to drain and bleed the front and very little fluid is coming out and pedal is hard to depress.
I then turned on the car and depressed the brake pedal and fluid started to come out along with air bubbles but still not draining enough fluid as I expected.

I wonder if the ABS has anything to do with it or should we expect a hard pedal and should we just push through it.

I've been using a Motive brake bleeding system for so long on my 02' Silverado 5.3L and on my 70's Mercedes that I kind of forgot what it felt like to push and release the brake pedal. I'm also wondering if the lines are clogged or if the channels leading to the brake bleeding screws are clogged.

I did also removed the banjo bolt to the end of the rear caliper brake hose and NO fluid dripped out while car off and not depressing.

Going to have to get the wife to help but I'm watching her sing and getting the cast iron ready for chicken.

Please advise

#4813985 - Yesterday at 03:35 PM Re: 1994 Civic LX 1.6L Brake Bleeding [Re: Gito]
Gito Offline

Registered: 08/30/09
Posts: 617
Loc: CA
Got my wife to pump the brakes and finally starting to get air and fluid out of the Rear Right (RR). I hope the other sides go well.