If you are bleeding brake lines and no fluid is coming out, there can be several causes.
Causes include blocked lines or ports, leaky hoses, bad parts, and more.
Below we look at the most common reasons no fluid comes out when bleeding the brake lines.
How Come When I Bleed My Brakes, Nothing Comes Out?
Components include the master cylinder, brake lines, proportioning valve, bleeder screw valve, calipers, and more.
Each component will need to be examined to see which has failed or is blocking the flow of brake fluid.
7 Causes When Bleeding Brakes and No Fluid is Coming Out
- Master Cylinder Needs to be Bled
- Wrong Bleed Procedure
- Bad Bleed Screw Valve
- Bad Brake Caliper
- Proportioning Valve Blocked Port
- Bad Flex Hose
- Clogged Brake Line
Especially with a new master cylinder since they need to be bench-bled first before installing.
Any master cylinder can lose its bleed, mainly if it goes dry with no fluid.
While the bleeder kits can work in many scenarios, it is often best to have two people when bleeding the brakes.
One person can pump and hold the brakes while the other can open and shut the bleeder valve.
With two people, the closing and opening of the bleeder valve on each pumping cycle can be done, which will push out the air and fluid.
Since it is located under the vehicle and exposed to the elements, it can become corroded or damaged.
The valve can often be fully removed and examined to see if it has any blockage or damage that may be blocking the brake fluid from coming out.
The brake line that goes into the caliper can be removed to see if fluid is reaching the caliper.
If the fluid is going into the caliper, but nothing is coming out, it may have a blocked port.
Many modern vehicles use an Electronic brake-force distribution system which works much the same way.
The master cylinder lines will feed into it, and all the brake lines will also tie into the proportioning valve.
If it becomes closed, it can block the flow of fluid to the calipers.
It can be removed and examined, and cleaned if necessary to remove any debris that may be blocking the fluid.
It could be blocked or have a small leak that is stopping pressure from building up.
If there is a leak, fluid can usually be spotted around the hose.
If a brake line is clogged, the other brakes will usually bleed fine, which will help to narrow which brake line to examine.
If there is a problem, the entire brake line can be replaced with a correctly sized replacement brake line.
If you are bleeding vehicle brakes and no fluid comes out, is can be confusing and sometimes confusing as to why.
There can be several reasons no DOT fluid comes out, starting with the master cylinder all the way to the calipers.
Each component in the braking system will need to be examined and checked for any blocked passageways or failures.
Also, be sure the correct bleed procedure is being done with the best method using two people, one to pump the brakes and one to release the bleeder valve.
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