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post #1 of 8 Old 07-21-2009, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Caliper Bleeder valve bolt snapped off

After installing a new rear brake caliper and bleeding the brakes I snapped off the bleeder valve screw while tightening it. I think the whole neighborhood heard me screem.

Anyway, I already finished bleading the system, but now I'm torn over whether I should extract the bleeder screw now, even though it is not leaking, or wait until I have to do my brakes again and do it then.

Will this cause any problems leaving the screw in there without a rubber cap on it? Can air get into the system?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6.

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If it was me, I would remove it, replace it, and then bleed the system again. While you may not run into a problem you are putting the life of yourself, your passengers, and everyone on the road with you at an unnecessary risk every time you drive it the way it is now.

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New screw

Thanks for the advice. You are right. I don't think there will be any problems, but I don't feel comfortable the way it is.

Hopefully, I can find a new screw and figure a way to extract the broken one.
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If the head broke off, an easy out would remove the screw. Dealers would be your best bet. They can't be over $10.00 each.
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try an easy out. they can be found at hardware stores. Basiclly a revearse drill bit that spins the broken bolt out. Best way to get it done IMO.
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Be careful with an easy out! If it's broken off close to the caliper you could accidentally damage the threads on the caliper.

I've only broken bleeder screws trying to get them off after they rusted on. Make sure not to over tighten, torque them to spec.

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Use a small easy out, one that just fits into the bleed hole in the screw and you shouldn't have a problem. The procedure is to insert the easy out then tap it slightly with a hammer, then turn the easy out to unscrew the screw.
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Bleeder bolt

I called up Autozone and they said they will the will replace it with a new caliper. I just bought this caliper last weekend. I think that may be easier than trying to remove the old screw.

The bleeder bolt was made of some cheap metal. The top just spun right off. Very clean break actually. I may have put too much torque, but it should have not snapped like this.
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