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MG TD TF 1500 - Bleeding the brakes

I had a break in the copper alloy brake line at the 3 way mounted on the hog's head.

I cut the pipe, made the appropriate bends.

I made a bleeder bottle / hose combination with a screw on lid.

I'm bleeding the brakes without assistance. I have the rear end raised and sitting on jack stands, removed the rear wheels, adjusted the brakes to full on then counter clockwise one 'click'.

Starting with the passenger rear, then the driver rear, (then passenger front, then driver front, although they're next), I fitted the rubber hose onto the bleeder nipple, tight fit, then loosened it one full turn.

Using my hand, I pressed the brake pedal all the way down and let it spring back on it's own. I did this multiple times until there was no longer any bubbles flowing through the hose going into my bleeder bottle.


I then used a 1" x 2" x 3' length of wood to hold the brake pedal down by clamping it to the steering wheel with a spring clamp and a rag wrapped around the lower part of the steering wheel. While the brake was thus engaged, I returned to the wheel and tightened the bleeder nipple.

It's been a long time since I've done this. I just wanted to make sure I was working in the right direction. Thank you.
R C Flowers

IMHO: Working in the right direction? Yes
But these sure make it easier!

David Sheward 55 TF1500 # 7427

I'll second that one. Just be sure to get that model SB3820. Bud
Bud Krueger

Sorry, but once again I must share my experience with Speedi's. I ordered a correct set, installed one, blead it, moved on to next wheel. 1 minute later the first one blew out and dot 5 went everywhere! The little valve or whatever is inside the thing just plain failed! I returned them for a full refund, no questions asked.

Sorry, wish it weren't true but it is!
Ed
efh Haskell

Thank you gentlemen. I just finished. I'll pick up the speed bleeders you posted David and Bud.

I was glad to see that I didn't have any leaks at the fittings where I'd re-flared the copper line.

I adjusted the brakes and bled them. Now I'm ready for the weekend before I head off to my next art festival.

Thank you again.
R C Flowers

This thread was discussed on 04/07/2014

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