How to Bleed Brakes

Mechanic Working On Brakes

 

When you stop by for brake service at Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont, our technicians will perform the necessary repairs to keep your entire system running smoothly. This includes “brake bleeding.” So, why is it important to know how to bleed brake lines? This process removes any trapped air in the brake lines, so you get the best braking response possible on the Omaha and Columbus roads. Find out how to bleed brakes by yourself or visit our service team in Fremont today!

Why is Bleeding the Brakes Important? 

Before we go into how to bleed brakes, why is it important to bleed brakes at all? Proper maintenance will ensure the longest possible lifespan for your braking system. Moisture and air can get into your braking system over time, which can cause a spongy or soft feeling when you press down the pedal. What does it mean to bleed brakes? It simply means you’re removing the extra air to ensure a more consistent braking experience on the Blair roads.

How to Bleed Brakes By Yourself 

Learning how to bleed brakes by yourself is tricky, but doable if you have the right equipment and help. First locate brake fluid, a box-end wrench, a fluid holder and tubing, and an assistant to help you. Then, follow these steps to learn how to bleed brakes lines like a pro:

  • Step 1: Check your owner’s manual to find the correct brake fluid and brake fluid replacement intervals. 
  • Step 2: Park on solid and level ground and jack up your car. Remove all four of the wheels. 
  • Step 3: Identify the four caliper bleeding screws and loosen them. If they feel stuck, spray with penetrating oil and wait 30 minutes. Go to the service center immediately if you snap or strip the screw.
  • Step 4: After you successfully loosen the screws, tighten them back up again. You’ll need to work on one screw at a time once you get started.
  • Step 5: Check the master cylinder reservoir’s brake fluid level under the hood. Unscrew the cap, but leave it resting on top of the reservoir. On most cars, you’ll start bleeding the brake furthest from the master cylinder. Check your owner’s manual or ask a technician for specifics.
  • Step 6: Place your clear piece of tubing over the first bleeder screw, and let the other end hang into a plastic bottle or catch container. The tubing needs to be long enough to place above the bleeder screw’s height, so air won’t move back into the braking system.
  • Step 7: Get your assistant and ask them to pump the brake pedal several times until they feel resistance pushing back against the pedal. They will keep pressure on the pedal while you open the bleeder screw and allow the fluid to move through.
  • Step 8: Your assistant should notify you immediately before the pedal reaches the floor. Once you hear the signal, close the bleeder screw right away. Look at the master fluid reservoir and add fresh fluid if needed.
  • Step 9: Repeat the same process until the fluid stream is free from bubbles – usually around 5 times.
  • Step 10: Repeat steps 7, 8, and 9 on the other three bleeder screws – going in the order specified by your owner’s manual or technician.
  • Step 11: Once done, your assistant will apply the brakes and quickly release them. Look at the master cylinder reservoir, and see if you notice bubbles. If the fluid moves only slightly, you’re good to go. If you notice significant bubbling, repeat the process or schedule a service instead.
  • Step 12: Make sure each bleeder screw is secure, and enjoy a smoother ride. 

Get Brake Service at Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont

Whether you want to know how to bleed brake lines yourself or you’d prefer a professional to handle the process, Sid Dillon Chevrolet Fremont has everything you need to keep your car in top shape. Contact us with your questions on how to bleed brakes or just schedule your appointment in Fremont.

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