Originally Posted by bravoman
time to work on the brakes. Has anyone used the cheap $4 plastic container with the one way valve to bleed the brakes?
Yeah, I've used that technique. It works basically the same as a speed bleeder valve, as long as there is some fluid in the bottom of the container. So it allows fluid and air to be ejected out but only sucks back in fluid (when pedal is released). As with any bleed technique, it works best when depressing the pedal SLOWLY. Perhaps even waiting a few seconds before releasing it so the air that was ejected gets away from being sucked back up the tube.
However, I found it only worked marginally well and had a few connections that weren't air tight (from the bleeder to the hose). Naturally air got pulled back in at those times. But when you're working alone late at night and can't get a helper, at least it allows you to accomplish the goal by yourself!