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The standard cap on my brake bleeding kit won’t fit on the vast brake fluid reservoir on the Civic.

Was looking at the sealey adaptor that looks like it’ll fit.

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Anyone have experience of using this with the Civic? Does it work well?

Read that you might need to make a metal plate to go between the hooks as the lid bends stopping it from sealing.
 

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Vizibleed Single Bleeder- Brake and Clutch Bleeding Tool - Wilco Direct

That thing there is what I use, everything else I find either doesn't pump hard enough, doesn't fit whatever car I'm working on or worse still explodes and sprays brake fluid everywhere.

I bought some expensive £70 Sealey brake bleeding kit which was a massive waste of money as all it did was waste my brake fluid and require I wipe down my engine bay.

Manually pumping the brakes and using a 1 way valve on the bleed nipple could arguably wear out the brake cylinders but I've been doing it for years.
 

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Vizibleed Single Bleeder- Brake and Clutch Bleeding Tool - Wilco Direct

That thing there is what I use, everything else I find either doesn't pump hard enough, doesn't fit whatever car I'm working on or worse still explodes and sprays brake fluid everywhere.

I bought some expensive £70 Sealey brake bleeding kit which was a massive waste of money as all it did was waste my brake fluid and require I wipe down my engine bay.

Manually pumping the brakes and using a 1 way valve on the bleed nipple could arguably wear out the brake cylinders but I've been doing it for years.
Good to know the Sealey ripoff brake bleeder I just bought is essentially a hunk o shite.

Are the clutch and brake fluid reservoirs interconnected on the Civic? If I attached a brake bleeder to the clutch fluid reservoir, could I bleed the brakes this way? Or are they separate hydraulic systems?
 

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Take a read of my thread from last time this was discussed Brake Bleeding

Some like the Sealey device but I don't trust something that over-pressurises the reservoir.

Brake and clutch are very separate systems. The clutch is bled from the front right hand side of the engine bay, there's a small bleed nipple there. Said clutch system has a lot less fluid than the brake one so gets dirtier faster. The smaller clutch only reservoir is in front of the main brake one, with a small grey cap.
 

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Take a read of my thread from last time this was discussed Brake Bleeding

Some like the Sealey device but I don't trust something that over-pressurises the reservoir.

Brake and clutch are very separate systems. The clutch is bled from the front right hand side of the engine bay, there's a small bleed nipple there. Said clutch system has a lot less fluid than the brake one so gets dirtier faster. The smaller clutch only reservoir is in front of the main brake one, with a small grey cap.
Yeah, I just bought one of the Vizibleed things as well. Also, I will buy a reservoir cap and see if I can drill and adapt it for the pressure brake bleeder.

Thought as much re brake and clutch systems. As the reservoirs are so close together, thought it was worth asking if one fed the other.
 

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CTA Tools do a cap which fits the CRV and Accord but the Civic (if it fits) would near a 90 degree bend to attach the piping to the pressure vessel
£27?!

I bought a brake reservoir with cap on eBay for £12. I will drill and modify it, so I can use that for bleeding.

All other solutions just seem too hit and miss, or too expensive.

Cheers though pal.
 

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Just be careful if you use that Sealey pump. As it's over pressure so any flaws in the cap or the pipe will yield some squirty fun.

Sucks that the Civic reservoir tank is set so far back so it needs a 90 degree bend to clear the bulkhead overhang.
 

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£27?!

I bought a brake reservoir with cap on eBay for £12. I will drill and modify it, so I can use that for bleeding.

All other solutions just seem too hit and miss, or too expensive.

Cheers though pal.
Tried that and still made a mess - it doesn’t seal properly. I could have tried clamps but it’s in an awkward place so the old fashioned way it was for me
 
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Yes. I also bought a visibleed. So I have alternative in case the pressure bleeder doesn’t work/squirts brake fluid in my face.
visibleed is just a pipe with a non return valve
a vacuum bleeder actually pulls the fluid through from the bleed screw
can also be used for other things like fuel systems
this is similar to the 1 i have
visibleed is just a pipe with a non return valve you can actually just use a pipe with a split in end and screw a bolt in pipe with same results
unlike pressure bleeders it cant over pressure seals as its just pulling fluid through
you use the hand operated pump to build pressure then release bleed screw and give it a pump as required if pressure dropping
 

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I've used a pipe with a slit and a bolt on many occasions before I bought a pressure bleeder, works really well and super easy when on your own. Just be carefull you don't open the bleed screw too far, 1/4 turn should be plenty.
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I'd be surprised if a pressure bleeder will be capable of damaging seals, I know VW say to use 28 psi when bleeding the ABS pump and I'd imagine pumping the pedal with your foot can generate more pressure than a pressure bleeder. The only thing I was told was to avoid potentially damaging seals was not to push the brake pedal all the way down.
 

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