Brake Bleeder Screw Removal Tool

It’s a known fact that working on cars can instantly turn good intentions into horrifying mistakes. You know, like when you snap a piece off of your plastic radiator by accident, when you spend an entire day failing at everything, or when you light yourself on fire. Yes, it’s times like these when you just want to roll your entire tool box into a giant smelting-hot volcano. Within minutes, your arsenal of tools collected over decades would be nothing but a gooey ball of liquid hot magma.  Then you would never have to touch a stupid wrench again. Sadly, most of us don’t live near a liquid hot magma filled volcano, and if we did, we wouldn’t have the strength to push a tool box to the summit. So, we are forced to find viable solutions to these horrific mistakes as we wrench our way into the sunset.

This brings me to bleeder screws. OMG! But how?! Well, I am fairly certain that bleeder screws are the leading cause of the current economic crisis, 98% of failed marriages, and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Bottom line, bleeders are a black hole of happiness, and they will crush your soul. The reason for this is simple. They are made of steel, which rusts, and breaks off when you desperately need it. Every. Single. Stupid. Time. Okay, fine! To be fair, it’s more of a rust thing. It isn’t the bleeder’s fault that it rusts itself solid and becomes one with the caliper. It’s the damp weather, neglect, and road salt. LOTS of road salt. Mix iron, aluminum, salt, and time together and you have a simple recipe that encourages you to push your tools into the tar pit full of Woolly Mammoths.

That being said, there is apparently a new god-like solution to rusty bleeder screws that I found on YouTube.  A solution so great that Zeus himself would rub his chin with his hand, lean back, and with Shawn Connery’s voice declare “Not bad“! It’s called the “Phoenix System 4001 Brake Free”, and it may be the best $40-ish bucks that you ever spend if it works as well as it appears to in the video. If not, then you can write your favorite offensive word on it, and then heave it into the nearest river for satisfaction.

Here is the way it apparently works:

- You insert this tool into the business end of an air hammer.

- You then slide the bleeder-screw-sized impact socket onto the end of the tool.

- Place the air hammer and “Brake Free” tool onto the potentially (always) stuck, rusty bleeder screw.

- Crank up the air hammer, and then spin the “Brake Free” with a 3/4 wrench.

- BAM! The bleeder spins out without any danger, swearing, or hassle. Life is great am I right?

Now, the guy that made this video is a regular car-guy that makes videos as he works on cars. I’ve never met him, but he makes a fairly entertaining video for sure. I can’t speak for him, but I know I’m not getting paid by the tool maker to show it off. Mine is set to arrive in the mail today, so I will be sure to report back my own results, whether they are good or bad. If you decide that you are convinced by the video already, like I was, then you can buy your own over on SummitRacing.com like I did. That also happens to be where I borrowed the above image from. Anyway, as you can see in the video, the guy takes a VW brake setup from his back yard after it had been sitting ~20 years, and with the help of this tool, he pops the bleeder free on the first try.  The whole thing makes no sense, and yet makes perfect sense.  It is an automotive emotional roller coaster that I don’t want to end.  Does it really work? Is it a scam? I will let you know in the very near future. Looks like I’ll need to find a sacrificial caliper for the cause…

Can’t see the video? Here is the Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMVV51gyoPU

7 comments to Brake Bleeder Screw Removal Tool

  • “I am fairly certain that bleeder screws are the leading cause of the current economic crisis, 98% of failed marriages…”

    jajaja you made me laugh bro. The richpin06a videos rocks! I’m a witness of his good job at YouTube videos.

  • Dear Blog,
    Speaking of which, Katla, the volcano in Iceland, could explode. It has in the past. It would disrupt air travel, but I would like to know the effects it will have on iceland. Will they have to evacuate. Will they have to evacuate Reykjavik???? Will they be safe. I have concerns there and need some second opinons. Thanks
    Cheers

  • Ken Roberts

    I want to know where the tar pit is for Wooly mammoths as the tusks and bone make great guitar saddles and nuts . you can actually buy that online, guitar and instrument nuts and saddles . at 40 bucks a whack and you have to finish them . Kool tool but I wonder about access when working inside the wheel well .

    • Ken, you make a great point on the accessibility with this tool. I now have the tool in my possession, so I’m just waiting on something rusty to use it on! I may even make a video like this guy did!

  • D. Tang

    Just my 3 cents on the matter. Might be a great tool to use, no doubt, especially when the part you’re working on, is firmly in a bench vise. But Mr.Roberts brought up a most important thought: it might turn out be useless in the confines of most wheel wells, or you may have to take off more parts than intended, just to get it in there. But, with the right size socket, a 3/8s impact driver, and a ball-peen hammer…Wham! Bam! Bleeder screw is now ready to surrender and come out peacefully.

  • JohnEd

    …new caliper should fix her right up!

  • Kimberley Smith

    Too funny!! I had to recheck the author of this blog to make sure my husband, who is currently trying to remove a spinning bleeder, didn’t write this. Of course, the first clue should have been that there wasn’t an expletive every other word. The whole neighborhood is hearing Spin M*#$%% F*&@#$% SPIN!! Thanks for the article and the reader suggestions. We are still unsuccessful but trying again.

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