Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 3

Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 3

This is part 3, and the final installment, of our used and abused 2004 Toyota Tacoma Pickup that needed a proper rear drum brake inspection.  Continuing on from last week where we were able to get the drum off to check for any shiny wear marks. The bottom anchor for the brake system shown is actually a wedge shaped block. It is covered by a plate shown in this image. The purpose of the wedge which is indicated by the white lines is to force the bottom of the shoes to move down and outward when the wheel cylinder moves the top out and the drum rotates. If the linings are worn on the upper half/third it’s an indication that the linings are frozen on the bottom mounting wedge. This is a mandatory lubrication point during lining replacement service. Rear Drum Brake Inspection 12
Always check a drum brake wheel cylinder for leakage or seepage. They should be dry. On an external dust boot type of cylinder, such as the one shown, pull the boot from its seal groove area and see if there is any evidence of leakage that hasn’t yet leaked outside the sealed off dust boot area.
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Brake shoes have mounting pad contact areas, usually 3 pads. They are equally space along the shoe radius. The top mounting pad in indicated by the screwdriver end in this photo. Rear Drum Brake Inspection 14
The middle shoe contact pad is indicated by the screwdriver end in this photo.
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The bottom shoe contact pad is indicated by the screwdriver end in this photo.
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These shoe contact pad areas should be lubricated when new shoes are installed and should remain lubricated throughout the life of the linings. As shown here, the lubrication is gone and rust has taken its place. In the near future the lining movement during brake application will be hindered by the restriction or lack of free movement of the brake shoe during braking.
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This Tacoma has a rear ride/load height proportioning valve.  This valve, which is frame mounted, is connected to the axle by the linkage shown. Rear Drum Brake Inspection 18
The frame mounted valve is where the actual pressure adjustment takes place when the vehicle is loaded.
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The linkage must be attached, must be free to move under varying loads and must move the adjustment portion of the valve itself. Grasp the linkage, as shown, and attempt to move it and the valves’ adjustment arm. If they don’t move, something is stuck which will stop the pressure from being changed depending on the vehicles load. At that time you don’t know if the valve is stuck wide open, closed or somewhere in between. Valve and linkage replacement is the solution. Rear Drum Brake Inspection 20
The next segments for Tech Tricks Tuesday that we will cover will continue on with the front brake inspection and other areas of brake inspection. Once all of the brake inspection areas are covered the service and repair sequence will be shown. These areas will cover all service areas found during the inspection and will include an ABS light on condition along with a red brake warning light on situation. You can also follow us on Social Media to know more of what we are up to and to get even more tips and tricks.
Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 2

Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 2

If you remember our Blog post from last week, we introduced a used and abused 2004 Toyota Tacoma Pickup that needed a proper rear drum brake inspection and we got started on showing you how do perform such an inspection. In continuing , this drum has been on the axle for over 100,000 miles. It’s obviously rusty but will it come off easy or will it fight you all the way. Don’t automatically assume it will require a torch to heat it up to remove it. Think logically; start with the easy way first.Pic. No. 5

General Wheel/Brake Service Tip When the brake drum has threaded holes in it, use them by threading bolts into them to attempt to remove the drum before you resort to large hammers or heat.  This drum has several (at least 5) threaded holes into which bolt can be threaded forcing the drum away from the axle flange and over the brake shoes.
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Even though this drum appears to be extremely rusty, only two bolts were installed in an attempt to “break” the drum free.

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After the second bolt was installed, the two bolts were tightened in a back and forth manner. Using only reasonable pressure on the ratchet after switching between the bolts a few times the drum “popped” loose. You don’t want to apply so much pressure on a bolt at one time to cause the drum face to be distorted.

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Once the drum is loose, grasp it and attempt to pull it off the shoes. If it starts to move and then stops, you may have a wear ridge on the open end of the drum or grooves in the drum from worn shoes. In either, case the shoe adjustment will have to be backed down to provide clearance between the shoes and drum so the drum can be slid off.

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Once the drum is off the shoes don’t just set it down and continue on. Look inside the drum for break dust. The dust is an indication that this rear brake (RR) is working and most likely is pulling its share of the brake load. No dust usually means any work by the individual brake. Both sides should also have approximately the same amount of dust in them.

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Once the drum is off, give the overall brake assembly a good visual once over inspection. The brake assembly should be dry and should not have any visible shiny wear marks on any components. Carefully look at the remaining thickness of the brake lining. It should be fairly equal in thickness on the top, bottom and middle of the lining. If it’s not, there is a lining actuation problem that must be identified and corrected.

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We will have more of the story on how to properly perform a rear drum brake inspection next week for Tech Tricks Tuesday.

You can also follow us on Social Media to know more of what we are up to and to get even more tips and tricks.

Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 1

Rear Drum Brake Inspection Part 1

We are going to kick off our Tech Tricks Tuesday Blog with a three-part how-to on rear drum brake inspection and how to do it thoroughly and correctly so that it is done right the first time around so as not to miss anything.

We were able to locate a 2004 Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck that has had the very minimum of brake service ever performed on it. In fact, the vehicle has 141,000 plus miles on it and has never even had the front caliper removed since the vehicle was manufactured (prior to the photo inspection work).

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The rear shoes were replaced at approximately 30,000 miles because of a rear axle lubrication issue when both axle seals leaked. Other than adding brake fluid as a maintenance item nothing more had been done on the brake system.

After road testing the vehicle and finding no faults with pedal feel, pulls or other normal brake operation the Tacoma was raised on a lift for the hands on brake inspection/diagnosis.

General Wheel/Brake Service Tip 

It may not be a big deal 99 times out of 100 but by knowing the specific location of what wheel hole came off what specific stud you have the ability to return the wheel to the exact position it was before any service started. This will help when you have a vehicle vibration issue after the wheels are reinstalled after service and can save countless hours of trying to figure out what the cause of the problem is.

Everyone uses an impact wrench to remove lug nuts and no one is saying you shouldn’t but we are asking you to pay attention when you do. Listen for any variation in the wrench’s sound that may indicate a stripped or burred stud.  If a lug nut comes off and is hot compared to the others, figure out why and plan to cure the cause rather than just run the nut back on and hope for the best.  This will only cause future problems for the vehicle’s owner.

Another tire/brake service tip

Mark the location of where the tire/wheel assembly came from. No big thing? Think of the vehicles you have had to check balance on because of a vibration after some wheel off service. This also identifies the location so if you are asked to rotate the tires and they are stacked on top of each other on each side of the vehicle you can be positive of what goes where.

We will have more of the story on how to properly perform a rear drum brake inspection next week for Tech Tricks Tuesday.

BrakeShot Is The 1st Ever Brake Fluid Enhancer

BrakeShot Is The 1st Ever Brake Fluid Enhancer


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BrakeShot™ – First new enhancer to fight corrosion by Phoenix Systems

St George, UT: Phoenix Systems has announced BrakeShot, the first new brake fluid enhancer designed to fight corrosion induced by the harmful effects of copper.

BrakeShot uses DOT guidelines and is specifically formulated to retard copper corrosion in the braking system. BrakeShot prevents sticking calipers, ailing master cylinders, and other ABS braking troubles brought about by corrosion and high copper levels, in the brake system.

To determine if BrakeShot can cure a contaminated system, use BrakeStrip to determine the copper parts per million (ppm) in the brake fluid. BrakeStrip is a 60-second brake fluid test that turns shades of purple according to the level of copper in the braking system.

If the strip indicates a copper level of between 50-175ppm, simply add a one-ounce bottle of BrakeShot to the master cylinder. After 50-100 miles of driving, BrakeShot will re-energize the corrosion inhibitors to protect all the metals in the entire brake system and prevent further corrosion. If, however, the test strip indicates 200ppm or greater, the brake system requires flushing and the fluid replaced.

With multiple patents pending a one-ounce shot of BrakeShot treats up to 1 liter of brake fluid, which is the average capacity of a vehicle’s braking system. Cheaper and quicker than a brake flush, BrakeShot is universal and works on all foreign and domestic vehicles. Packaged in a case of 12, each bottle retails for $15-$20, and expected to be released in July 2014.

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For further information and where to purchase contact:

Phoenix Systems LLC

4012 S River Rd #4B

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Bleeding Methods You Can Perform With Our Tools

Bleeding Methods You Can Perform With Our Tools

There are 4 known bleed methods that you can perform on a hydraulic system and our tools will allow you to perform all 4.

These 4 methods are Reverse Bleeding, Vacuum Bleeding, Pressure Bleeding and Bench Bleeding and you can see each of them in more detail below.  Click on any of the images to enlarge to see more detail.
















Elvis Is In The Building

Elvis Is In The Building

For those of you that thought Elvis Presley was dead and gone, well, here at Phoenix Systems he is alive and well.  He may not eat many grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches but he can still sing and perform.

One of our employees did something that he had never done before and that was to perform on stage.  Kevin Conley is an Elvis fanatic and does a pretty amazing job as an Elvis Tribute Artist too.  He loves him some Elvis and we think that you will enjoy the following videos from his performance at the Casa Blanca in Mesquite, NV from June 2013.  Kelvis (see what we did there with Kevin and Elvis??), as he is known now at Phoenix Systems performed songs by Elvis from the 50’s, the 60’s and the 70’s.

Click on each of the 4 videos, sit back, and enjoy the performance.  And one last thing…Thank You. Thank You Very Much!!!

Brake Bleeder Testimonial – Adam Prokish

Brake Bleeder Testimonial – Adam Prokish

Received this great testimonial on our brake bleeder from Adam Prockish.

“I really like the bleeder system from phoenix systems. It performed flawlessly and was able to get air out of a hydraulic clutch system when other products would not. I heard about the product on the tv show Trucks!. I would definitely refer this product to friends and family”




Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Michael Hall

A gentleman by the name of Michael Hall recently left us a short but sweet reverse brake bleeder testimonial. We would like to share it with you here along with some pictures of his pretty amazing build.

“I was attracted to the brake bleeder because I am a one man operation most of the time and now I can bleed a system by myself. After seeing the reverse bleeder on Power block TV I had to try one, could not have been more pleased.

Michael Hall”

Here are those pictures we promised you.

Self-Driving Cars Are Here…and getting better

With all hype surrounding the next big thing in technology and advancements of such technology, this is one advancement and innovation that has not seemed to attract a lot of attention.  At least not the attention that it should.  How many LOVE their commute to work?  How many HATE their commute to work?  How many wish that they could get in their car and just go without worrying about which exit to take or how fast to go or any other plethora of questions that might come your way?  How many wish there was a self-driving car that worked?  I do and I know a lot of people that wish this same wish…some more than others.  Well, this wish will have to wait a little longer but it is ever-closer to coming true.

Watch this video and tell me you are not impressed.  Here is to hoping and wishing that the dream of self-driving cars comes true in my lifetime.

Reverse Brake Bleeder Video Testimonial from John Lyle

John Lyle was kind enough to send us a testimonial on his brake bleeder kit use and a photo of his Bronco.  Pretty sweet ride…not sure I would take it off road if it were mine.  Here is what he said about the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder:

“When I saw the Phoenix brake bleeder on TV for the first time, it got my attention, ” reverse bleeding? Well that sounds cool.”  So, I ordered a kit. The first time I opened the box, I thought, “Cool!”

You get all these cool little adapters, all the hoses and accessories you need.  After using the Phoenix brake bleeder BY MYSELF….WOW!!!

I have never felt brakes that firm in my life.

Recently I have used it on my hydraulic clutch set up. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t have this tool I wouldn’t of been able to bleed my clutch.

If anyone is looking for the ultimate tool, the best firmest brakes, There’s no doubt Phoenix brake tools are the leaders in the industry”

Thanks John for the kind words and the photo of your awesome looking ride.

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from William Gentry

William Gentry was searching for the best brake bleeder kit on the market and he found it at Phoenix Systems.  Here is what he told us when asked about the reverse brake bleeder that he purchased:

“We purchased the Phoenix Systems reverse brake bleeder because we needed something that was really going to help us bleed our brake lines on a Jeep project.  My son owns two jeeps and I have one.  We wanted to make sure it worked right and that we wouldn’t be spending a whole lot of time bleeding the system back and forth back and forth.   With that in mind, we purchased the bleeder tool and it worked exactly how it was advertised.  The tool has been a Godsend and it saved us a lot of time and energy.  I would recommend this tool to anyone.  We originally saw it on Gearz TV with Stacy David.”

Here are some pictures of one of  those Jeeps.

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Adam Davila

Adam Davila was kind enough to send us some pictures  of his vehicle and a testimonial of the Reverse Brake Bleeder Kit.

“I saw the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake bleeder on a TV show advertisement.  I thought I would give it a shot, the tool worked flawlessly.  I found it saves a lot of time compared to doing it the old way, where one person was at the bleed screw and another person in the vehicle pumping the brake pedal.  The tool allows me to hook the tool up to the bleed screw and bleed all by myself, which is a lot easier to get all the air bubbles out.  I would recommend this tool to anyone who is a hobbyist or a professional.  If you’re a professional, you have to have this tool.  I would recommend the Phoenix System’s Reverse brake bleeder in a heartbeat.”

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Charles Martin

Here is what Charles Martin had to say about the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder in a recent email to us:

“I purchased the Phoenix Systems Brake bleeding tool a while back. I own a 1973 Corvette that I could not bleed the brakes on. I saw your reverse brake bleeding tool on Gearz TV with Stacey David and I ended up purchasing the tool. The tool worked great, it took care of all my braking issues. Anyone who owns a corvette understands what a pain in the butt they are to bleed the braking system. Using the Phoenix Systems reverse brake bleeder was the only way, after using several other methods and tools, to bleed my Corvette’s braking system. Very proud of the tool and would recommend to anyone who cannot get their system working right, this tool will do the job.”

Check out his ’73 Corvette as well.

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Lance Rath

Air in your car’s brake lines is not a good thing if you are driving.  This is especially true if you are a race car driver.  Lance Rath knows all about the issue with having air in the brake lines of a race car and that is why he purchased the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder.  He was kind enough to send us his brake bleeder testimonial along with some pictures.

Lance says:

“We can’t afford to have air in the brake lines in our vintage race cars.  I ordered the Reverse Brake Bleeder after seeing it advertised on a Saturday morning SpeedTV program.  It was just what I had been looking for to give us a quick and efficient method of bleeding the brakes of our cars both in the shop and at the track, and is now part of our standard kit at every event.  When the job needs to be done right and in a hurry, the Phoenix Reverse Brake Bleeder is our go to tool.”

Enjoy the pictures below of his vintage race cars.

Brake Bleeder and BrakeStrip CU+ID in Professional Tool and Equipment News March 2013

Do you read Professional Tool and Equipment News?  Phoenix Systems was mentioned twice in the March 2013 Issue of PTEN.  The first one is the cover story and is focused on Honda Caliper and issues with intermittent seizing and how the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder can help with that concern.

The second mention is on BrakeStrip CU+ID brake fluid test strips and how a shop can increase brake fluid exchange revenue by using CU+ID by brake fluid testing every car that comes in for copper content and for brake fluid type with one strip.

Check out the mentions out by clicking on the links below.

PTEN March 2013-Brake Bleeder (original source

PTEN March 2013-BrakeStrip CU+ID (original source

Reverse Brake Bleeder Video Testimonial from Cliff Walter

Cliff Walter had been looking for something as easy to use to as the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder.  He found it one day looking in a Summit Catalog and bought it, used it and sent us a testimonial about it.

Check out Cliff and his 53 Mercury that he built over the course of 12 years in this video.  Enjoy the video from Cliff!

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Eric Tork

Another wonderful testimonial from  Eric Tork.

“I was doing a suspension overhaul on my most recent truck build and had to replace the front brake lines.  Getting these Blazers to bleed down doesn’t always go smoothly.  I also needed a way to flush the lines from the master cylinder quickly.  Since I am a hobbyist mechanic, I don’t have a lot of time to work on these projects, so I need tools that are quick and accurate.  I found this brake bleeder while looking through the Summit Racing catalog and watched a couple of youtube videos showing how it worked.  I bought one and was able to bleed the system down in less than 30 minutes and had everything working great.

I also use the bleeder for maintenance on some of my other collector cars:

My 1965 Mustang and my 2007 Solstice GXP:

OH YES!!  I would definitely recommend the reverse brake bleeder to others!  I have used other brake bleeder tools in the past and found that this tool was quicker and the ability to flush the lines directly from the master cylinder is a great benefit as well.

I will be building up a ’59 Chevy pickup this year as well, building a new brake system from scratch.  Definitely need it for that project.  No pics of that truck yet.


– Eric”

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from JD Bohlman

We received this Testimonial on the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder from JD Bohlman not too long ago.  He has given us permission to share it with you.

“I am not sure if I first saw the Phoenix bleeder system on Bang or on a Power Block show.  In either case, my 1934 Chevrolet Coupe has a master cylinder sitting sideways under the dash with Wilwood calipers and no power booster.  All in all it is a hard system to bleed by yourself and I work by myself.  I have a vac system that I tried to bleed the system with but it did not seem to get the job done.  I used the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder and in a very short time had the system bled and working well.  The car is a street driven car that runs 11’s and 118 so stopping is important to me.   My only problem was the adapters provided did not match up as tight on the Wilwoods as I had hoped but it was a minor thing.  Doubt I will ever wear the Phoenix system out.”

He was also kind enough to send us a picture of his 1934 Coupe doing a burnout at the drag strip getting ready to run an 11.

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Francis Goebel

Francis Goebel was kind enough to share his experience with us regarding bleeding brakes with the Reverse Brake Bleeder from Phoenix Systems

“I own a 1972 Pontiac LeMans.  I purchased this car brand new and I have all the original paperwork plus the license plates.  I have put this car in 2 car shows and have won 3 trophies, “Best in Class” “Best of Show” and I took an award from a “Corporate Sponsor”, out of 200 cars they chose mine.  I am pretty proud of this.  I was having trouble bleeding my brakes the conventional way.  I saw an advertisement about the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder on RFD TV, a machining show.  It was awesome.  It changed my way of thinking because one man can do the job now, it’s less time consuming and it worked just as advertised.  Just being able to bleed my brakes alone is really what made me purchase the tool.  I would recommend this tool to anyone who wants less grief from bleeding and wants to save time.”

Here are some pictures of his Award-Winning Car that he is very proud of and he should be as it is a fine automobile.  It is a nice looking car and we are sure you will not be disappointed for visiting and reading.

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Bradley Fryauff

This is another recent testimonial from Bradley Fryauff.

“When I used to bleed my brakes before buying your tool, I would always have to have my dad or someone else to help me. My brakes never really seemed to come out as stiff as I liked them to be. Once I saw Reverse Brake Bleeder on Gearz, I had to buy one and it made all the difference in the world. I could do all the work myself, and I got the stiffness in my brake pedal that I had been looking for. I use the Reverse Brake Bleeder on my Mustang to make sure that my brakes stay nice and stiff. Thanks for the awesome tool.”

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Lee Schmunk

We received another wonderful Testimonial from another happy customer named Lee Schmunk.  Here is his Testimonial:

“The local Ford dealer informed me that the brake fluid in my 1998 Mustang was dirty and needed to be changed.  I wanted to accomplish the work myself.  The problem was this would be a two person task and involved draining all of the brake fluid and replacing it with new fluid.  Asking my wife to assist in this would probably not be a wise idea.  Goss’s Garage, a segment of Motor Week on the PBS network, advised  the need to change brake fluid after a number of years (Phoenix Systems recommends the use of the BrakeStrip to test for the copper content within)

Brake Bleeder Testimonial from Jeffrey Skiba

Jeffrey Skiba, a happy customer of Phoenix Systems, was kind enough to leave a testimonial with us along with his testimonial, he submitted a picture of one of the vehicles he used the Bleeder on.

“I first saw the Phoenix Systems Brake Bleeder on a TV show and thought it would be a good tool to invest in.  I ordered one and have used it a number of times.  It does a great job because you can use it to reverse bleed, bench bleed, vacuum bleed and/or pressure bleed from the master cylinder out to the wheels.

Best of all if you don’t have a helper, you are able to do the job yourself!!! I highly recommend the tool.  Good job .

Sincerely  Jeff Skiba”

Thanks to you, Jeff, for allowing us to use your testimonial on our website.

Chris Dedyo’s Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial

Chris Dedyo left us a wonderful Testimonial on our Reverse Brake Bleeder tool.

“I have been using a vacuum bleeder that I connect to my air compressor to bleed the brakes on my 2006 Corvette for the last 6 years.  I could not get the pedal as firm as I felt it should be with the vacuum bleeder.  I was watching Gearz on the speed channel and Stacy David debuted a Reverse Brake Bleeder system from Phoenix Systems. It made so much sense I purchased it that same day. After reading the instructions, I bled the brakes on the Corvette and it worked perfectly. In less than 30 minutes and the pedal firmed up nicely.

I was surprised how easy the Reverse bleeder was to use and set up. I not only use it on my Corvette, but my Tundra, my wife’s Camry and on my 2008 CRF450R motocross bike.

Great job on a great tool!


Chris Dedyo”

Ted Hough’s Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial

I first heard of your product (Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder) while watching a Saturday morning car show.  I had been having trouble getting a solid pedal on my Factory 5 Roadster.  I suspected an incomplete bleed as all the lines were newly installed.

I thought that the reverse bleed process was the ticket, and would be worth it to see if the braking improved.  Sure enough, after using the system the brakes were solid.  If you don’t have power brakes, it doesn’t take much air to make you feel uneasy.  On a high power vehicle like the roadster, the brakes are something you don’t want to be wondering about.

Great product!

Check out Ted’s Roadster.  That is one awesome ride.

Brian Sanford’s Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial

Here is a Testimonial from Brian Sanford on the Phoenix Systems’ Reverse Brake Bleeder.

“I purchased the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder because I work on a lot of cars.  I do mostly racing at the track and I needed something where I could bleed by myself.  My brother helps me a lot but sometimes he is not around and I have to work on the car alone.  I saw the Phoenix Systems Brake Bleeder tool on YouTube.  I was just looking for ways to do my brakes and came across one of your videos that explained the whole tool.  I was impressed so I made the purchase.

It has worked beautifully.  I am extremely happy with the tool.  I can bleed my brakes all by myself now and very fast at the track.  My BRAKES have been ROCK HARD on the track and that’s important.  I would recommend this tool to anybody who doesn’t have people around to help and needs it done fast.”

Anthony Simione’s Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial

Here is a Testimonial from a Phoenix Systems’ customer by the name of Anthony Simione.  He also shared 3 pictures with us of his vehicles.

“I do some hot-rodding and restorations as a hobby and work alone in my 2 car shop with a narrow lift that makes getting in and out of a car a chore when it’s up. I also work alone 99% of the time and have tried a few bleeding tricks but always resorted to the old “pump and hold” method for the best results.

A while ago I was watching GEARZ and saw the Phoenix reverse bleeder featured and it seemed like a simple effective system to use so I ordered one. After a quick look at the instructions I was one man reverse bleeding my TVR.

I have had the tool for about 2 years now and it is working perfect. I have used it on about 5 different cars and haven’t had any difficulty and
the tool has held up fine the seals and adaptors are still like new. It’s a simple easy tool to use and a must have for the one man operation!!”

Jack Scheutzow’s Reverse Brake Bleeder Testimonial

Here is a Testimonial from a gentleman by the name of Jack Sheutzow. He was also kind enough to share with us some pictures of two of his cars on which he used the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeder. One is a 1932 Ford Roadster and the other is a 1967 Chevelle (He goes into a little more detail in his Testimonial below).


“It was a pleasure talking to you about your reverse brake bleeder.  Here are some pictures of the (my) two cars. One is a 1932 Ford Roadster with a 421 cubic inch Chevy small block. It has 550 hp at 5600 rpms and comes with two 4 barrel carbs.  The car has an automatic transmission.  It took 2nd place in the Roadster Division at the Cleveland Auto Rama in March 2012.

The other car is a 1967 SS396 Chevy Chevelle.  This car is all original with 28000 miles.  I replaced the 396 engine with a 468 cubic inch Chevy big block.  This car has a 4 speed stick shift transmission. The car also has a 12 bolt Posi-traction rear engine. This engine has a 565 hp @ 5500 rpms.

Both of these cars has disc brakes, both front and rear.  Disc brakes are very hard to bleed out all the air in the system. Your brake bleeder made this an easy job. I was able to remove all of the air and have a full brake pedal. Best of all I did not need anyone to pump the brakes.  The Phoenix Systems Brake Bleeder made bleeding my brakes a one person job.  It is a great tool and the only one I use.

Thank You for a great product.”

Here are a few pictures of both of Jack’s cars.

Dan L’Heureux’s Brake BleederTestimonial

Dan L’Heureux had a 1967 A-H Mark II on which he rebuilt the brakes. His concern was not being able to get a hard/firm pedal on his new brakes. It all changed after he found the Phoenix Systems’ Reverse Brake Bleeder.

Here is Dan’s story:

“After rebuilding the brakes on my 67 A-H Mark II I could not get a hard pedal – I tried the conventional self-bleeders, had several patient friends pump the pedal time after time and simply could not arrive at desired result.

I saw an ad for the Phoenix System Reverse Brake Bleeder and it caught my eye because it made logical sense – push the fluid into the calipers and lines rather than trying to suck it out so I ordered one of the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeders On Line…

…I would recommend because it resolved a difficult situation – something conventional procedures did not.”


Dan L’Heureux

Plymouth, MN

Dan L’Heureux’s 1967 A-H Mark II

Tips And Tricks With Phoenix Systems Brake Bleeders

One task that has always been a two-man job was bleeding your brakes.  We all want to have the best braking system possible, and when it comes time to change calipers or wheel cylinders, we dread the task of finding someone to help us bleed the brakes. You have probably been there before: you have crawled up under the car at the farthest point and put your wrench on the bleeder valve, and you holler out, “okay, pump it!”.  “What?”, is typically the response, so you holler out again. They pump the pedal, and then you tell them to hold it and they release the pressure and say, “what?”

What happens when you can’t get a friend to come over and help you?   You end up asking your significant other.  Your significant other probably sees all the grease and grime on you and usually passes on helping you out, telling you to get one of the kids.  Your teenager laughs and says, “yeah, right” in between text messages or killing zombies on his video game, and your preschooler says, “I’ll do it”.  You know she really would but you know she can’t reach the pedal.  You are faced with a dilemma and nobody, but you, understands the crisis you are facing in not being able to bleed your brakes.  What do you do?

Well, here at Phoenix Systems, we have some pretty cool tools that can help turn this two-man act into a one-man show with our one-man reverse brake bleeders.  You can skip asking anybody for any favors when it comes to bleeding brakes.  These reverse brake bleeders, for the budget-conscious or the professional, will help you bleed the brakes, by yourself, in almost no time at all.  PowerTV uses the Phoenix Systems Reverse Brake Bleeders in their own shop, and shop dawg Sean G. has been seen bleeding the caliper on Project BluePrint and on every other build that comes into their shop.

Phoenix Systems

affordable V-12 DIY brake bleeder is budget priced; you can use this Reverse Brake Bleeder system to remove trapped air from your brake lines, thus giving you a firmer pedal, according to Phoenix Systems CEO Jon Petty.

If you’ve heard about these do-it-yourself brake bleeders, or not, but you’re not sure how they work, no worries!  Check out our video page that shows you how many of our tools and reverse brake bleeders work.  Check them out and if you’re tired of bribing friends to help you bleed your brakes, Check out the reverse brake bleeders in our store.

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