Pittsburg Pneumatic Brake bleeder and Black break Fluid

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My Brake fluid was Black I tried to purge my system using the Harbor Freight, Pittsburg Pneumatic Brake bleeder and I could not even get fluid to flow to my rear breaks. too a closer look at rear breaks and I could not even get them apart. the Break shoes had worn a groove into the drum making a lip on the edge that I could not get the passed the brake shoes. I ended up taking apart everything and after a whole day long ordeal of drilling and prying I got them removed and replaced with all new parts. Still no flow using break bleeder. has anyone used this type of a brake bleeder before is there something different about the Chevy brakes that is wont work with?
 

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yes I was able to get fluid out. I think I got ahead of myself started bleeding brakes before adjusting rear brakes completely. tonight when I got the brakes adjusted properly regular brake bleeding worked using wife and step son as brake pumpers while I bled brakes.
 

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I have had success with that bleeder on my truck. You have a collapsed line or some other problem I would guess. Can you get fluid to flow out when hitting the brake pedal?

I think I need a bigger Air compressor mine is a 2 HP 8 Gallon that maxes out at 120 PSI and does not start to pressurize until it drops below 90. I dont think it maintained enough pressure to work properly.
 

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Does the parking brake being applied have any effect on bleeding the rears?
 

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Does the parking brake being applied have any effect on bleeding the rears?

I really don’t think so. All you’re doing is forcing fluid into the wheel cylinder and when the bleeder is open it’s got a path out of said-cylinder. I can see where having the parking brake engaged might allow the pistons to travel out some and give you a smaller volume of fluid per stroke of the pedal, but I’d wager that’s inconsequential.
 

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I think I need a bigger Air compressor mine is a 2 HP 8 Gallon that maxes out at 120 PSI and does not start to pressurize until it drops below 90. I dont think it maintained enough pressure to work properly.
I just used a little pancake style compressor.
 
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