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Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I'm about to under take servicing my brakes and I read some where that bleeding the WK2 is a procedure that can only be done by the dealership.

This Can't Be True Can It?

For the record I did have my brake booster changed because of the the recall back in 2014.

What Brake Fluid Does A 2011 WK2 take?

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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

Anti lock brake systems need to be bled a special way. Be careful.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I agree be careful. Typically the same as non ABS BRAKES, however if air has penetrated the ABS module it can become difficult to remove. Requiring a scan tool to open close the valves inside.
My experience is if you maintain fluid level and do component replacement down stream from the Module you are fine. However if you change out break lines attached to module, introduce air(low fluid) or replace master cylinder it is best to have a dealer bleed the system.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I got a Motive Brake Bleed system I bought for use with my WJ's Same fitting works on the WK2 Made flushing Brake fluid out the jeep easy and Fill and pump.

Basically filled the Bleeder with a QT of dot 4 pump up the psi to about 10-15PSi and open the bleeders till it starts to run with clear new fluid. 1 man team worth the $70

They all use DOT3/4 to answer OP question

https://www.motiveproducts.com/colle...c-bleeder-kits
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I want one.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I used Dot 3, was this the wrong choice?
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

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I used Dot 3, was this the wrong choice?
Perfect!
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I don't dispute the fact that ABS brakes need more care but the fact that they can only be done at the dealership is nonsense.

In early May I got rid of the standard duty brakes on my Jeep, put the Heavy Duty ones in place - which require upgraded calipers on the rear. We bled them the good old fashioned way 3 times for good measure and it's been fun ever since: pump brake x 10 times, hold pressed, bleed, close, repeat. Starting from the farthest wheel to the closest. Now I did do it at a mechanic who ad a lift and all wheels were off, but I pumped the brakes until I was happy.

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The pedal travel on the rears (when you bleed the pedal goes to the floor) is very small. I think even my Subaru has more volume. Anyways, my take home experience with this is:

1) It is doable and no different then other cars.
2) You need 2 liters to be sure you got the juice to do 2-3 bleeds (my reference point is the ATE bottle which is 1 L. I used 1 full and 1/4 of the second bottle).
3) DOT screwed up when they mandated fluid to be yellow in color. My favorite brake fluid is ATE Super Blue which was blue and could visually tell when the new fluid hits the lines based on the color change. Nowadays blue is illegal, so ATE makes ATE TYP 200, same awesomeness but gold.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

Did my 13 Durango when I installed the Brembos and its was easy. I sucked all the old fluid I could out of the master with a turkey baster then filled with Dot 4 and put the bleeder on each one while NEVER LETTING master go low. If it does you need to bleed the ABS which is a dealer only option.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

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I'm about to under take servicing my brakes and I read some where that bleeding the WK2 is a procedure that can only be done by the dealership.

This Can't Be True Can It?

For the record I did have my brake booster changed because of the the recall back in 2014.

What Brake Fluid Does A 2011 WK2 take?
Nope, not true at all.
DOT3 or 4 is all you need. It should say on the cap.

Here is the caveat to doing it yourself without WiTECH software- the ABS module will not be flushed of old fluid. No big deal! When your ABS activates, the valves actuate. So kick your ABS in! Do a complete flush as normal (right rear, left rear, right front, left front) then drive to a gravel road and hit the brakes until the ABS activates. Do it a couple times and then bleed the brakes again. Now you are good to go.
I'm pretty OCD and I did this the first two times. This time around I'm not going to bother since I bleed them every other year. The tiny amount of fluid in the module will move out at some point.
Oh, the Motive bleeder is definitely worth every last penny!
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

The fluid in the front calipers is the worst as it heats cools, heats cools and sometimes can boil. all this lower is boiling point next time and leads to condensation and spongy pedal. Getting new DOT 4 to the fronts with yearly bleeding will keep things in the best condition.
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Re: Bleeding My Own Brakes 2011 WK2

I bought a 2013 SRT with 30thKM on the clock first thing I did was change differential and tranny oil and brake fluid flush the brake fluid didn't even look dirty and no sponginess so I just changed out fluid by sucking the fluid out of the resivor and it was clean fill new fluid and gravity feed I take it that's what you men by servicing brakes you just want to flush fluid? If I had sponge feeling brakes I would go to other extremes but if your not going to the track just keep it simple
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