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Old 11-21-2019, 03:45 PM
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Default Drum brake bleeder nut blocked

The rear drum brakes on my car have bleeder nuts that are blocked by a housing of some sort. I can’t seem to find a way to get them off to get a wrench around the bleeder. Any ideas?
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thin walled socket?
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thin walled socket?
Yes I could, but then I wouldn’t be able to get a hose on there to bleed it
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Go buy some longer ones, use a thin wall socket take them out an put the longer ones in.

Then you can bleed.
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Go buy some longer ones, use a thin wall socket take them out an put the longer ones in.

Then you can bleed.
Dang, okay thank you. That’s what I’ll do then.

At the moment I have no brakes as my pedal goes to the floor. There’s fluid in the lines but also alot of air. If I bled the front two disc brakes would I be able to brake with them? I just need to move the car a couple of blocks.
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I used an old wrench and socket and made my own tool for that.



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I got an old socket and ground it down around the sides. Just gravity bleed the rears, it takes a little longer but I think its the best way to get all the air bubbles out..
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My initial thought would be to just replace both rear wheel cylinders. You already have no brakes. By the looks of the one this has not been a garage queen. Two new rear cylinders will have nice new bleeders and would be an easy swap.
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+1 to new wheel cylinders. They are inexpensive and a good idea on old brake systems such as ours. You would hate yourself if you kept these old wheel cylinders and then leaked brake fluid on your new brake shoes.

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My new cylinders still have a shrouded bleeder like the originals.
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I ran into the same problem a while ago. I believe that arrangement is pretty standard on G-bodies. GM made a special tool—$$$$, if you can find one. I used a deep well socket with a hose through the drive hole. Similar to a prior post. Used a pair of vicegrips to turn it. Messy but it worked.
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Don't forget Hoses if it has been sitting for a long time cheap but well worth it.
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Yep I would replace both hoses and cyls.. Spray the tubing down with Liquid Wrench or something like it a few days before installing..
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