Bleeding/Flushing your brakes

Written by Mike Napurano, Member 1
Applies to the following vehicles: Just about any
Created 3/25/2003

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Many people think bleeding and flushing the brake system is more difficult then it really can be.

There is a great trick to do this that is quite simple and doesn't require any special tools or bleeders.

  1. Jack up your car and put on jackstands
  2. Remove your tires so you can get to the bleeder valves on the calipers
  3. Open your hood and take the cap off your brake reservoir
  4. Take a fresh can/bottle of Brake Fluid and quickly dump it upside down on top of the brake reservoir. A pressure vacuum will keep the fluid from overflowing
  5. Take a few rags, or some kind of catch basin/cup and put it underneath the bleeder valve area of the rear brakes
  6. Open the bleeder valve until you start to get a decent drip or flow
  7. Let is drip for about 10-15 minutes or so. This will both remove air from the lines, and flush out the old fluid.
  8. Tighten the bleeder valves back up
  9. Now move to the front calipers and follow the same process.

A general rule is to let it drip until you can clearly see that the fluid coming out is clear. Then you know you have new fluid throughout the system.

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