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Old 10-04-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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mechanical brake controller bleeding?

anybody have an idea if you have to bleed a mechanical brake controller? dunno even if that's what you'd consider it, but it's a brake controller that came on my truck when I got it... has a hardline running to the master cylinder (or did at one time, I'll have to reconnect it later) plus the elec. wires coming out the back... also has a mechanical linkage over to the pedal... I'm stumped as to how it all works, but I sure would feel better picking up heavier loads if I could get the brakes on my trailer working...

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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I would think you would have to bleed it for it to work right.
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I haven't seen one of those since the 70s. I have no idea how to set it up or bleed it.

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yeah, that's kinda what I was thinkin... OTR trucker had this suburban before I got it, and he swore by it... of course, he also advertised the motor as "torquey," so I'm not putting much weight to this controller... but, it's a darn sight cheaper than anything I can afford right now...
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I have heard of lots of old timers that loved the old pressure controlled brake controllers. I've got one that I plan to use if it works.
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yeah, that's one of the reasons I thought I'd try it first...

unfortunatly, I can't find any "old timers" to tell me how to work it...
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anybody have an idea if you have to bleed a mechanical brake controller?......has a hardline running to the master cylinder..........plus the elec. wires coming out the back......also has a mechanical linkage over to the pedal...
First, you want the shortest line possible between the MC and the controller. You'll need to Tee into one of the lines, right at the MC. I'm not sure wether it's the front or back. Wires go to the trailer and the linkage.....
Prolly could find something on the web. I remember, it's kinda hard to get all the air out, because where you bleed it is not necessarily at the end of the line or at the top. You just have to crack the fitting on the back to let the air out. Seems like the brakes never feel hard as without it, but it works.
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I guess that'd work... if I remember correctly, it was on the back line so that it'd get pressure first...

I hadn't really thought about it, but I guess cracking it open just a bit on the back of the controller would work... I'll try it that way tomorrow if it'll ever quit this drizzling...
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