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bleeding first gen brakes, solved

I just wanted to share my issue and solution. I recently bled the brakes to correct a slight pull to the right, and after using my myti-vac bleeder, I ran into a common mushy pedal that traveled to the floor and causing the brake light to come on. I bled all 4 corners, starting farthest and working back to the front driver side like always, but I did fail to bleed the abs valve while doing this. This is when the mushy pedal became a issue. I read about a lot of people bypassing the abs valve to remedy issues when bleeding these brakes. My abs had no issues until I tried to bleed them with the vacuum bleeder.
So, instead of bypassing the abs valve, and going Ole School, I decided to manually bleed the brakes with the a clear bottle and hose to prevent air from returning back to the lines. I started with the farthest rear brake, then bled the abs valve, and working back to the front two. My brakes are now perfect. No pedal traveling to the floor, and no abs/brake light. I just wanted to share my experience that a vacuum bleeder will not work in my situation, and manual, pedal bleeding is the best way to restore brakes when mushy. ABS valve bypass is not always required. Maybe this will help someone, and it can all be done by yourself, no special tools. Chase

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I just wanted to share my issue and solution. I recently bled the brakes to correct a slight pull to the right, and after using my myti-vac bleeder, I ran into a common mushy pedal that traveled to the floor and causing the brake light to come on. I bled all 4 corners, starting farthest and working back to the front driver side like always, but I did fail to bleed the abs valve while doing this. This is when the mushy pedal became a issue. I read about a lot of people bypassing the abs valve to remedy issues when bleeding these brakes. My abs had no issues until I tried to bleed them with the vacuum bleeder.
So, instead of bypassing the abs valve, and going Ole School, I decided to manually bleed the brakes with the a clear bottle and hose to prevent air from returning back to the lines. I started with the farthest rear brake, then bled the abs valve, and working back to the front two. My brakes are now perfect. No pedal traveling to the floor, and no abs/brake light. I just wanted to share my experience that a vacuum bleeder will not work in my situation, and manual, pedal bleeding is the best way to restore brakes when mushy. ABS valve bypass is not always required. Maybe this will help someone, and it can all be done by yourself, no special tools. Chase
Glad you got it figured out!!!! Iíve had similar issues with a mighty vac on multiple vehicles. Now I use it to get most of the air out then manual bleed to finish.
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I have been bleeding my brakes with a old water bottle and a length of old vacuum hose for many years now with no issues, can do a complete vehicle in about 30 min. Some times the simple ways are still the best.

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