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So I'm flushing my brake lines this weekend adding new rotors, pads and lines. I've been told that the manuals 5sp share the brake master cylinder resivour. Is this true? If so how do you bleed the manual transmission?
 

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It does share the master cylinder for some ungodly reason. Here is the process from ford. You will find other good stuff in the TECH LINKS in the stickies above the posts
 

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It does share the master cylinder for some ungodly reason. Here is the process from ford. You will find other good stuff in the TECH LINKS in the stickies above the posts
You'll need a special vacuum pump to do it that way. But it's a million times easier if you don't have to access the bleeding nipple.

The eatlier (2005) Ford workshop manual says to do it with a vacuum pump on the bleeding nipple, not from the master cylinder. Good luck getting the vacuum line of the bleeding nipple. It's between the tranny and the body and there is barely an inch in between. I have a vacuum line bleeder and I could not even figure a way to attempt to get it on the bleeding nipple.

I did it the old fashioned way, pumping on the clutch pedal while opening and closing the bleeding screw. That's also very difficult because of the bad location. You will definitely need an 11mm flex head ratchet because you'll need a 90 degree bend to get the ratchet on the bleeding screw from underneath the car.
 

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The Ford workshop manual says to do it with a vacuum pump. Good luck getting the vacuum line of the bleeding nipple. It's between the tranny and the body and there is barely an inch in between. I have a vacuum line bleeder and I could not even figure a way to attempt to get it on the bleeding nipple.

I did it the old fashioned way, pumping on the clutch pedal while opening and closing the bleeding screw. That's also very difficult because of the bad location. You will definitely need an 11mm flex head ratchet because you'll need a 90 degree bend to get the ratchet on the bleeding screw from underneath the car.

Maybe I'm just retarded and couldn't figure it out but for me it was very difficult but doable. Maybe if you have a lift it will be easier.
You're not retarded Dan... Just a little slow :shigrin
 

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Some guys even jack up the left side of the car and try to bleed the system that way also.
 

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