BrakeMate - Flo
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION to the BrakeMate ........................................ 2
SAFETY INFORMATION .......................................................... 3
SYSTEM FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS ............................. 9
MACHINE OVERVIEW ............................................................ 10
OPERATING PROCEDURES .................................................. 13
MASTER CYLINDER ADAPTERS ........................................... 15
REPLACEMENT PARTS ......................................................... 16
MAINTENANCE ....................................................................... 18
CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTACT INFO ........................................ 18
WARRANTY INFORMATION ...................................................... 19
INTRODUCTION
to the BrakeMate
Congratulations on the purchase of your BrakeMate brake flush machine!
The BrakeMate is a fully automatic brake-flushing machine that can service all 4
wheels in under 9 minutes.
Brake service is now more profitable, since we have eliminated the need for a
second technician when performing a brake bleeding service.
The BrakeMate provides the shop with the ability to flush and pressure test a
brake system faster and easier than ever before with a combination of
automation, speed and effectiveness. The Brakemate also follows the OE
recommended flushing sequence.
Please take time to read through this manual to familiarize yourself with the
BrakeMate before performing your first brake flush.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
For your safety, read this manual thoroughly before operating this machine. Your
BrakeMate unit is intended for use by properly trained, skilled professional automotive
technicians. The safety messages presented below and throughout this user’s manual are
reminders to the operator to exercise care when using this unit. Before using your
BrakeMate unit, always refer to and follow the safety messages and applicable service
procedures provided by the manufacturer of the vehicle being serviced.
• Read All Safety Instructions
Read, understand and follow all safety messages and instructions in this manual. Safety
messages in this section of the manual contain a signal word with a three-part message
and, in some instances, an icon.
• Signal Words
The signal word indicates the level of the hazard in a situation:
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
may result in moderate or minor injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a situation which, if not avoided, may result in damage
to the machine, or the vehicle being serviced.
• Safety Messages
Safety messages in this section contain three different type styles:
• Normal type states the hazard.
• Bold type states how to avoid the hazard.
• Italic type states the possible consequences of not avoiding the hazard.
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• Safety Symbols
A safety symbol, when present, gives a graphical description of the potential hazard, and
how to avoid the hazard:
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Risk of Fire
Read Instructions Before Use
Risk of Explosion
Mandatory Eye Protection
Risk of Entanglement
Mandatory Protective Gloves
Dangerous Fumes
Mandatory Protective Clothing
Do Not Pull or Move
Risk of Burns
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Engine exhaust contains toxic gases.
• Vent vehicle’s exhaust away from work area.
• Do not breathe exhaust.
Exhaust gases will cause injury or death.
Improper use and operation.
• Read, understand and follow all safety messages and operational procedures in this
manual before operating this machine.
• This equipment should be operated only by qualified personnel.
• Use this equipment only as described in this manual.
Improper use and operation of this product can result in injury.
Engine systems can malfunction expelling fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust gases and
other flying particles.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander. Everyday eyeglasses
only have impact resistant lenses, they are NOT safety glasses.
• Do not position head directly over or in front of carburetor or throttle body. Engine
backfire can occur when air cleaner is out of normal position.
• Make sure gauge reads zero before connecting or disconnecting hose connections to
adapters.
• Make sure cooling system pressure has been relieved before connecting or
disconnecting hose connections and adapters.
• Keep a dry chemical (Class B) fire extinguisher rated for gasoline, chemical & electric
fires in the work area.
Fire, explosion, or flying particles may cause serious injury.
Risk of expelling pressurized fluids.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander.
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• Engine systems can malfunction, expelling fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust
gases and other debris.
• Always unplug the machine from its power source when not in use.
• Keep the service hoses away from hot or moving engine parts. Hoses can split or burst
causing fluid to be expelled.
• Avoid contact with brake fluid.
• Treatment methods are as follows:
Eyes: Flush eyes with plenty of water.
Skin: Wash with soap and water.
Inhalation: Move to uncontaminated area.
Ingestion: If large amount, get medical attention.
If any irritation persists, get medical attention.
• Dispose of used fluid according to environmental laws and regulations.
Fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust gases, pressurized fluid, and other debris can cause
serious injury.
Risk of unexpected vehicle movement.
• Block drive wheels before starting vehicle’s engine to begin an exchange.
• Unless instructed otherwise, set parking brake and put gear selector in park.
• Do not leave a running vehicle unattended.
• If vehicle has an automatic parking brake release, disconnect release mechanism for
testing and reconnect when testing is completed.
A moving vehicle can cause injury.
Risk of entanglement. Engine has moving parts.
• Do not place tools on fenders or other places in engine compartment.
• Keep yourself, clothing, battery cables and service hoses clear of moving parts such as
fan blades, belts, pulleys, hood and doors.
• Barriers are recommended to help identify danger zones in test area.
• Prevent personnel from walking through immediate test area.
Contact with moving parts can cause injury.
Risk of fire or explosion.
• Do not operate in the vicinity of open containers of flammable liquids such as gasoline.
• Keep hoses and jumper cables away from heat sources and sharp edges.
• Do not operate equipment with damaged cords or hoses until they have been examined
by a qualified serviceman.
Fire or explosion can cause injury.
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Risk of fire or explosion. Gases produced by a battery are highly explosive.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander.
• This machine is equipped to operate on 12-volt DC power only. A power source greater
than this can result in serious injury to the user as well as damage to the machine.
• Do not smoke, place metal tools on battery or allow a spark or flame in vicinity of battery.
• Clean battery terminals before hooking the machine’s battery clips to them. During
cleaning, keep airborne corrosion from eyes, nose and mouth.
• Be sure both battery cables are tightly connected to the battery terminals as instructed
before proceeding with a fluid exchange.
• Never remove battery cables from the battery terminals while the machine is operating.
Battery explosion can cause injury.
Risk of burns.
• Wear gloves when handling hot engine components.
• Do not touch hot exhaust systems, manifolds, engines, radiators, etc.
Hot engine parts may cause injury.
Battery acid is a highly corrosive sulfuric acid.
• Wear safety goggles and protective gloves, user and bystander.
• Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby. If battery acid contacts skin, clothing, or
eyes, flush exposed area with soap and water for 10 minutes.
• While cleaning battery’s terminals, keep airborne corrosion from eyes, nose and mouth.
• Do not touch eyes while working near battery.
Battery acid can burn eyes and skin.
Risk of burns.
• Wear gloves when working near hot engine components.
• Do not touch hot exhaust systems, manifolds, engines, radiators, etc.
• The fluid coming from the vehicle along with some of the machine’s components that the
fluid comes into direct contact with (i.e. hoses and fittings) may reach temperatures
uncomfortable to the touch. Exercise caution in avoiding contact with these items.
Hot components can cause injury or discomfort.
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Risk of injury.
• This equipment should be operated by qualified personnel only.
• Use this equipment only as described in this manual.
• Always unplug the machine from its power source when not in use.
• Loop the power cord loosely in its proper location when machine is not in use.
• Do not operate equipment with a damaged battery cables or hoses, or if the equipment
has been dropped or damaged, until it has been examined by a qualified service
representative.
• Care should be taken to arrange the battery cables and service hoses so that they will
not be tripped over or pulled.
• Never pull on the power cables or service hoses to transport the machine. Damage may
occur to these components, or machine may tip over.
• Keep area of operation clear of unnecessary tools and equipment. Utilize recessed tool
storage areas on the top of the machine.
• Never leave the machine running unattended.
• The BrakeMate is not designed for any other purpose than the servicing of automotive
brake systems.
Operation of this machine by anyone other than qualified personnel may result in injury.
Misdiagnosis may lead to incorrect or improper repair and/or adjustment.
• Do not rely on erratic, questionable, or obviously erroneous test information or results. If
test information or results are erratic, questionable, or obviously erroneous, make sure
that all connections and data entry information are correct and that the test procedure was
performed correctly. If test information or results are still suspicious, do not use them for
diagnosis.
Improper repair and/or adjustment may cause vehicle or equipment damage or unsafe operation.
Risk of equipment damage.
• Connect battery cables to a 12-volt power source only (i.e. vehicle’s battery).
• Servicing, transporting, or storing this machine in an attitude other than the normal
operating position can result in fluid spillage and/or component damage.
• Never pull on the power cables or service hoses to transport the unit. Damage may occur
to these components, or machine may tip over. Always use the handle to move.
• Periodically clean the machine by wiping down with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
Improper operation of equipment may result in damage to machine or components.
SAVE AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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DIMENSIONS & TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONS:
39" Tall
17" Wide
31" Deep
Service Hose:
15’ outside of machine
Wheels:
5” locking casters (front)
5” casters (back)
Fluid Tanks:
7-Quart New Fluid Tanks
20-Quart Waste Fluid Tank
Weight:
70 lbs
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Power:
12-Volt DC from vehicle battery
Fuse:
15 Amp
Operating Temperature:
60º to 110ºF (15º to 43ºC)
FEATURES
• Durable roto-cast polyethylene body and tanks prevent vehicle damage
• Ergonomically correct working height
• 5” caster wheels allow easy maneuverability
• Clear sight tubes allow visual confirmation of new and waste fluid movement
• Easy access service panel
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MACHINE OVERVIEW
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CONTROL PANEL OVERVIEW
BUTTONS
Button:
Function:
M/C PRESSURE
Pressurizes the master cylinder.
ABS
Toggles ABS function on and off.
ENTER/ START
Enter sequence wheel choice/start exchange.
SELECT
Selects wheel sequence for exchange.
ADD FLUID/ DRAIN NEW TANK
Pumps new fluid out of service hose.
REMOVE FLUID
1 Press- Pulls fluid through ABS line.
Press and Hold - Pulls fluid through all 5 lines.
DRAIN WASTE TANK
Drains waste tank through service.
PRIME
Purges air out of service hose after machine is
completely emptied of fluid.
STOP
Stops operations.
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LED Lights
Light:
Indication:
ABS
ABS mode is turned on.
WASTE TANK FULL
The waste fluid tank needs to be drained.
NEW TANK EMPTY
There is no more new fluid in the machine.
RUNNING
The brake flush is in progress.
STATUS LIGHT
Steady - Machine has power.
Flashing - Current process is complete.
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OPERATING PROCEDURES
NOTE: If machine will not prime or drain, remove service panel and locate solenoid valve (labeled #1). Loosen
hose fitting until a small amount of fluid drips out. Tighten and reattempt prime or drain.
MACHINE SETUP:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Fill New Fluid Tank with fresh brake fluid.
Connect the machine’s battery cables to the vehicle’s battery.
When the machine powers up you will notice the light on the front of the machine always stays lit telling
you you’re connected to power.
With all hoses on resting ports press the “PRIME” button.
Let machine run until you see fluid in the yellow Tygon lines.
Press “STOP” button.
Close ball-valve on service hose.
Hold “REMOVE FLUID” button down until all lights come on.
This will relieve pressure on the red manifold after priming.
DRAIN THE MASTER CYLINDER:
1.
2.
3.
Remove ABS yellow Tygon line from holder and attach suction hose.
Remove the master cylinder cover and insert suction hose, then press the “REMOVE FLUID” button on
the control panel.
NOTE: Leave a small amount of fluid in the bottom of the reservoir to make sure no air is
introduced into the system.
Press the “STOP” button when finished removing fluid.
CONNECT TO THE MASTER CYLINDER:
1.
2.
3.
Find and attach correct master cylinder adapter from adapter kit.
Attach yellow hose to master cylinder adapter and make sure the ball valve is in the open position.
Press the “M/C PRESSURE” button and verify that there are no leaks around the master cylinder cap.
This button will pressurize the brake system so you can safely open the bleeder screws preventing air
from entering the bleeder.
NOTE: Make sure the pressure hose is not putting any torque on the master cylinder adapter,
which may cause leakage.
CONNECT TO THE BLEEDER VALVES:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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Raise the vehicle.
Verify that all bleeder screws can be opened before attaching Tygon lines.
Attach Tygon lines to respective bleeder fittings.
Open bleeder screws about 1/4 turn until fluid begins to flow into the yellow lines.
NOTE: Make sure the bleeder stays open after you remove the wrench.
If desired and the vehicle is equipped, the ABS line can be connected to the bleeder screw on the ABS
unit in the engine bay and the ABS function can be toggled on in order to flush the ABS unit (this step is
not required to perform a flush).
BEGIN THE FLUSHING PROCESS:
1. The lights on the board depicting the wheels of the car will flash from one to the next when no sequence
is selected.
2. Select a sequence by touching the “Select” button until the wheel you want to service first is illuminated;
then touch the “Enter/Start” button.
3. Repeat until all wheels have been selected.
4. Touch the “Enter/Start” button again after all wheels have been selected to start the flush.
DISCONNECT:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Close all bleeder valves on vehicle.
Return to machine and hold “Remove Fluid” button down until vacuum pump begins to run and all four
wheel lights illuminate on control panel.
Remove all yellow Tygon lines from bleeder fittings
Lower the vehicle.
Close ball valve on pressure line and carefully remove from adapter using rag.
Remove master cylinder adapter and verify fluid level in reservoir.
ADJUST FLUID LEVEL:
TOP OFF:
1. Connect open end hose to yellow service hose and press “ADD FLUID” button.
2. Slowly open ball valve until fluid reaches the correct level.
3. Replace the master cylinder cover.
REMOVE FLUID:
1. Remove ABS line from holder and attach suction hose.
2. Remove the master cylinder cover and insert suction hose, then press the “REMOVE FLUID” button on
the control panel.
3. Press the “STOP” button when finished removing fluid.
4. Replace the master cylinder cover.
TEST:
1.
Start vehicle and check brake pedal to ensure solid feeling.
DRAIN THE WASTE FLUID TANK:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Connect the machine’s battery cables to a 12V power source.
Connect open-end hose to black service hose and insert into appropriate
disposal container.
Open the ball valve.
Press “DRAIN WASTE TANK” button on the control panel.
WARNING!
Brake fluid is highly corrosive, and will damage surfaces if not cleaned up promptly. Always check for
brake fluid under the machine before storing, especially under the back of the machine where new fluid is
filled. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately.
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REPLACEMENT PARTS LIST
Part #
941587W
941504W
941556
941502
941503
941545
R941251
941506
941546W
941416
941510
941512
941535
941500
941533
941509
941540
941288
941524
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Description
Control Panel w/ Electronic Board & Label
Complete Manifold Assembly
Sight Glass Tube
Pressure Side Pump
Waste Tank Drain Pump
Vacuum Side Pump
Level Switch
Pressure Switch
Battery Cable Assembly
Master Cylinder Adapter Kit
Service Hose w/ Ball Valve
Yellow Tygon Line
1/8" Hose Barb for Tygon Lines
Bleeder Nipple Adapter
Quick Disconnect Fitting for Bleeder Nipple Adapter
Internal Hose Kit
Yellow Service Hose
Wand Adapter (Waste Fluid)
Wand Adapter (New Fluid)
R940750
R940751
942113
941520
941252
941508
P941530
941261
Chassis
Console
Tank Cap
New Fluid Tank (White)
Used Fluid Tank (Red)
Service Panel Label
Shepherd's Hook
Vinyl Mat
R942118
R942137
Locking Caster Wheel
Caster Wheel
941522
941523-O
Operations Manual
Quick Start Instruction Sheet
To order replacement parts for the BrakeMate, call:
1-800-303-5874
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MAINTENANCE
To keep your machine working properly…
• Keep debris out of new fluid.
• Avoid spilling fluid on the control panel.
• Periodically wipe down exterior using a soft, damp cloth.
CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTACT INFORMATION
If you are experiencing problems with this machine,
call technical support at:
1-800-303-5874
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LIMITED ONE (1) YEAR WARRANTY
Flo-Dynamics warrants only to the original Purchaser that under normal use, care and service,
the Equipment (except as otherwise provided herein) shall be free from defects in material and
workmanship for one year from the date of original invoice. External hoses, remote control
modules, adapters and all other attachments, supplies and consumables (except as otherwise
provided herein) are warranted for 90 calendar days from the date of original invoice. Filter
elements are not warranted. Printed circuit boards purchased from, but not installed by Seller are
not warranted.
SELLER’S OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS WARRANTY ARE LIMITED SOLELY TO THE
REPAIR OR, AT SELLER’S OPTION, REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT OR PARTS WHICH
TO SELLER’S SATISFACTION ARE DETERMINED TO BE DEFECTIVE AND WHICH ARE
NECESSARY, IN SELLER’S JUDGEMENT, TO RETURN THE EQUIPMENT TO GOOD
OPERATING CONDITION. NO OTHER WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR
STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SHALL APPLY AND
ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.
This warranty does not cover (and separate charges for parts, labor and related expenses shall
apply to) any damage to, malfunctioning, inoperability or improper operation of the Equipment
caused by, resulting from or attributable to (A) abuse, misuse or tampering; (B) alteration,
modification or adjustment of the Equipment by anyone other than Seller’s authorized
representatives; (D) improper or negligent use, application, operation, care, cleaning, storage or
handling; (E) fire, water, wind, lightning or other natural causes; (F) adverse environmental
conditions, including, without limitation, excessive heat, moisture, corrosive elements, or dust or
other air contaminants, radio frequency interference, electric power failure, power line voltages
beyond those specified for the equipment, unusual physical, electrical or electromagnetic stress,
and/or any other condition outside of Seller’s environmental specifications; (G) use of the
Equipment in combination or connection with other equipment, attachments, supplies or
consumables not manufactured or supplied by Seller; or (H) failure to comply with any applicable
federal, state or local regulation.
Repairs or replacements qualifying under this Warranty will be performed on regular business
days during Seller’s normal working hours within a reasonable time following Purchaser’s
request. All requests for Warranty service must be made during the stated Warranty period.
This warranty is non-transferable.
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