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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 20, 1:32 PM Thread Starter
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Breast pump brake bleed

Yep you read that correctly.

I just shared this in the corvetteforum, and thought some folks here might appreciate this.

Six years ago, I watched my wife use an electric breast pump, and all I saw was a brake bleeder.

Two kids and six years later, I used it today on the Corvette. My brakes were soft, and now they are firm.

Into the toolbox with the breastpump for next time. Dont knock it till ya try it.*
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 20, 3:44 PM
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Re: Breast pump brake bleed

Last time I bled my brakes, I just used a piece of scrap rubber hose I had lying around (I think it was an old fuel line). It was just the right size to slip nice and tight on the bleeder screw. Put some brake fluid in a cup, and put the other end of the hose in the brake fluid. Open the bleeder screw, and pump the pedal a few times. Since the hose is submerged it won't take in air when you release the pedal. When it stops blowing bubbles, just tighten the bleeder screw. Repeat for the other three wheels and you're done.

I'm sure the breast pump works great, but I know how much they cost if your household doesn't already have one. A foot or two of rubber fuel line is a lot cheaper and works just as good
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Last time I bled my brakes, I just used a piece of scrap rubber hose I had lying around (I think it was an old fuel line). It was just the right size to slip nice and tight on the bleeder screw. Put some brake fluid in a cup, and put the other end of the hose in the brake fluid. Open the bleeder screw, and pump the pedal a few times. Since the hose is submerged it won't take in air when you release the pedal. When it stops blowing bubbles, just tighten the bleeder screw. Repeat for the other three wheels and you're done.

I'm sure the breast pump works great, but I know how much they cost if your household doesn't already have one. A foot or two of rubber fuel line is a lot cheaper and works just as good
I'm sure the breast pump works great, but I know how much they cost if your household doesn't already have one. A foot or two of rubber fuel line is a lot cheaper and works just as good [/quote]

Ive used that method too. It does work.

Ive just always wanted to do this... and Corvette brakes are real finicky so it was nice to have a win there too. Its also funny as heck to re-purpose a maternity item for an auto shop job.
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Just need to be sure you are done with kids before borrowing your wife's breast pump. Divorces are not cheap.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 2nd, 20, 9:58 PM Thread Starter
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I turned 45 today.. no more kids. Plus the wife gave her consent to use the pump.
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Doesn't brake fluid leave a bad taste in the kid's mouth?

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Yep you read that correctly.

I just shared this in the corvetteforum, and thought some folks here might appreciate this.

Six years ago, I watched my wife use an electric breast pump, and all I saw was a brake bleeder.

Two kids and six years later, I used it today on the Corvette. My brakes were soft, and now they are firm.

Into the toolbox with the breastpump for next time. Dont knock it till ya try it.*
Same concept as the extremely handy $38 Mityvac MV8000 Automotive Tune-up and Brake Bleeding Kit available at all the auto parts stores in the breast feeding section. Makes brake bleeding a breeze.

I now wonder if my wife ever looked at that and said "that would make an awesome breast pump" ?
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Doesn't brake fluid leave a bad taste in the kid's mouth?
Unless my 3 year old sneaks into my garage, and recognizes this device as a previous source of breastmilk, I think I should be ok.
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Same concept as the extremely handy $38 Mityvac MV8000 Automotive Tune-up and Brake Bleeding Kit available at all the auto parts stores in the breast feeding section. Makes brake bleeding a breeze.

I now wonder if my wife ever looked at that and said "that would make an awesome breast pump" ?

Yea, but this is electric... it was destined to be in the hands of a lazy man!
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Go ahead and laugh! I lost a lotta ( really nice ) work when that dam pump was invented!..........
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