, Salem, MA

July 20, 2013

Auto Scanner: Having trouble bleeding the brakes

Auto Scanner
Larry Rubenstein

---- — Q: I have come to find out that the brake master cylinder on my ’58 Metropolitan was no good. I ordered a new one and replaced it. I tried bleeding the brakes with no success. The method was pump the pedal three times and hold (it was going to the floor), then, at the rear left, open the bleed screw to let air and/or fluid come out, then close the fitting and release the brake pedal. Then, do the same with the rear right, front left and finally front right. The same process was repeated many times but with no results. The pedal always went to the floor, but we were putting fluid in the system. At the bleed screws, it seemed like only fluid was coming out and no air bubbles. Any thoughts?

A: Try this: right rear, left rear, right front, left front. The idea is to chase the air from the furthest point back to the master cylinder. Let me know how that works. Also, make sure the adjustments are all just touching the drums. If this doesn’t work, I have another idea for you.

Q: I have a 2001 Honda Accord. It is not kept in a garage. The paint on the hood of the car has a lot of peeling. After doing a little research, I found out that the Honda Accord’s clear coat around 1998 through around 2005 did not stick to the paint properly. People have had chipped paint on the hoods, roofs and trunks of their cars. My car looks terrible. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A: Paint is expected to last the life of the vehicle if there are no accidents or dents to the body to make the paint peel off. The problem is the clear coat did not stick to the paint.

Although I read on the Internet about technical service bulletins concerning this problem, I have yet to see one. A tech service bulletin just tells the technician how to strip and paint the car. It is not a warranty or no-charge service.

Car Care Tip: When filling your car, when you think you are almost finished, back the fuel filler gun to half speed. At full speed a percentage of the fuel is splashing back and being sucked back into the underground tank after it has passed by the meter.


Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to