How to Bleed Brakes

Mechanic Working On Brakes
We’ve put together the guide below on how to bleed brake lines. Why? Because our service center wants you to be safe on our Stephenville roads, and bleeding your brakes from time to time can prevent water and debris from getting stuck in the lines, causing them to fail. So, we’ve composed a list of instructions on how to bleed brake lines by yourself. But feel free to schedule an appointment with us so that we can handle it for you.

 

 

How to Bleed Brake Lines by Yourself

We’ve labeled this guide “How to bleed brake lines by yourself”, but you will need someone to assist you at a certain point. That having been said, lots of Brownwood drivers have successfully followed these steps on how to bleed brake lines and gotten their cars back and running in no time.

How to Bleed Brake Lines

  1. Check your owner’s manual for the correct type of brake fluid to use.
  2. Jack up your car on level ground and set it on jack stands.
  3. Remove all of the wheels.
  4. Locate the caliper bleeding screw near each wheel.
  5. Gently loosen the caliper bleeding screws, being careful not to snap or strip them.
  6. Tighten the screws back so that they are snug.
  7. Raise the hood, unscrew the top of the brake reservoir and set it aside. Fill the brake fluid to the correct level.
  8. Starting at the wheel farthest from the master cylinder, loosen the bleeding screw and tightly attach a piece of clear tubing over it.
  9. Place the other end of the tube in a catch pan or used plastic bottle. Hold the pan or bottle above the screw.
  10. Have an assistant pump the brakes until they feel solid pressure under the pedal. Have them tell you when they feel this pressure. They should stop pumping but continue pressing the pedal.
  11. Have the assistant alert you just before the pedal reaches the floor. Re-tighten the screw immediately.
  12. Check the brake fluid reservoir and add fluid if necessary.
  13. Repeat the last four steps at least five times at this wheel, then tighten the screw. Now, do the same at the other three wheels, one at a time.
  14. Watch the fluid in the reservoir while your assistant firmly presses the brake pedal all the way down, then abruptly lets up on it. If there is only a little movement in the fluid, there are no air bubbles and the brakes have been completely bled. If there is a lot of movement in the fluid, there are still air bubbles in the lines, and the brakes will need to be bled again
  15. Make sure again that all the bleeder screws have been tightened, but not over-tightened.

Let the Brake Experts at Bayer Motor Company of Comanche Help

Bleeding brakes takes a lot of time and effort. Why not just let our trained professionals handle it? We’ll have you back on the road safely in no time. And if you enjoyed this guide on bleeding brake lines, you might also enjoy our other tips, like our guide on what to do if your car won’t jumpstart. We’re just down the road from Granbury, so drop by or contact us today.

 

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