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Frozen brake bleed valve

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10-14-02, 10:53 AM   #1  
Steve Drane
Frozen brake bleed valve

I am in the process of bleeding my brakes on a Mercury Sable. Unfortunately I cannot loosen the front brake bleed valve. It apparently is rusted/frozen. I even tried using an easy out and it broke off. Any suggestions on how I can remove this? I know of course I will have to replace the old torn up bleed valve.

I want to add, as I should have, the Sable is a 91 model with about 250,000 miles on it.

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10-14-02, 11:39 AM   #2  
Pitch the caliper for a new one. They are cheap enough for this vehicle. However, you do not state the year of it.

Now's a good time to replace the rubber brake lines as well.

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10-15-02, 11:31 PM   #3  
I agree with Joe. Reman calipers for this car are so cheap, it's not worth fighting with the broken bleeder. The brake hoses may actually be more expensive than the calipers!

If you're absolutely determined to get the bleeder out, try this:

Soak the bleeder with PB Blaster overnight, then tap on the bleeder with a hammer. Don't be shy with the hammer, but don't pound the screw so hard you distort it. Clamp a pair of Vise-Grips on to the bleeder & try to remove it. It may break free. If it does, replace it with a new one.

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