Finally finished my brake job… no thanks to my broken parking brake cable, broken torque wrench, and broken (dry) master cylinder. In this final episode I bench bleed my new master cylinder, re-install my front brake cable, lament about my problems, and talk about the pain that bleeding my brakes turned into.
Turns out that letting a master cylinder run dry turns into a huge headache. Since I had to bench bleed the master anyway, I just replaced it. I also learned the hard way that bleeder screws can leak around the threads, making it seem like your brake system has an endless supply of air bubbles trapped in another dimension.
I also learned that you get what you pay for when buying a torque wrench. :-/