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I have an '01 CRV with about 195K. I've owned the car for about 8 months. Installing new brake pads/shoes on the car.
Needed to bleed brakes due to having to work with one of the rear wheel cylinders. I can't seem to get any brake fluid out of the rear lines. With a helper opening and closing the bleeder valve while pumping pedal etc. No joy. Can't get any brake fluid
out of either side of the rear. Pretty much a dead pedal. Things were fine prior to my wrenching. Car has ABS so I'm wondering about that being the source of my trouble. I've got a Haynes manual but it has shed no light. Does anyone have any ideas?
I'm no stranger to doing brake work so a straight bleed procedure amoung others I've done. Thanks

Wayne
Staunton, Va
 

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You said the Haynes manual sheds no light. Unfortunately, Honda's FSM doesn't either. It just says to bled ABS brakes as if they were regular brakes, but to always bled the front brakes first.

My first inclination would be to replace the wheel cylinders because those can go bad, except that it sounds like you already did that.

Did your new wheel cylinders come with new bled screws, or did you reuse the old ones?

Were the brake lines damaged at all where they attach to the wheel cylinders?

Do any of the flexible brake hoses show signs of damage or fatigue?
 

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Thanks for replying to my query. I bought a MityVac and was able to bleed the brakes normally. Started with the right front and went clockwise around car. It all went as it should. I'm not sure why I couldn't bleed by way of the brake pedal, I guess something to do with the ABS system. To answer your questions concerning the wheel cylinders, no I didn't replace anything there. The lines and bleed screws seemed fine. It's been a few months now and all seems good.

My next task-----I need to replace the AC compressor. Hopefully before cold weather sets in. I'm thankful I'm comfortable with swinging a wrench.
 
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