An Easy Step-by-Step Guide on How to Bleed Brakes by Yourself

Home car repair is easily one of the best money-saving endeavors a person can consider. Though it can seem like a daunting task to gather up the correct tools and research the proper procedures, fixing problems on your own can mean more cash in your budget for other activities.

Furthermore, many car owners are surprised to find out just how easy and inexpensive many repairs are.

Brake bleeding is a process through which one clears hydraulic brake systems of air bubbles. As these systems consist of multiple fluid-filled lines, pipes, and hoses, it can be both time and labor intensive.

What signs tell drivers that it’s time to bleed the brake system? The most common signs are a brake pedal that feels “spongy” or “loose” or one that sits a little “too low” or requires too much effort to catch.

Step-by-Step Guide to Bleeding Brakes by Yourself For those determined to make their brake repairs a “one-man show,” here are some of the best approaches to doing the job without any help. Keep in mind, however, that doing any car maintenance by yourself will take extra time and extra effort. 

The One-Man Pump Method STEP 1 Lightly loosen your lug nuts and then use the jack to raise your vehicle. STEP 2 Remove the wheels. STEP 3 Locate the brake fluid reservoir under the hood and loosen the cover. STEP 4 Loosen each of the caliper “bleeder caps” using the vise grips. STEP 5 Place the plastic tubing over the bleeding cap and feet it into the bottom of the jar.

STEP 6 With the bleeder screw open, some fluid should already be pouring out, submerging the end of the tube. STEP 7 Pump the brakes several times, releasing the air bubbles. STEP 8 Replace the bleeder cap and remove the hose. STEP 9 Top the reservoir up with fresh fluid while discarding the fluid in the jar. STEP 10 Repeat for all tires, topping up the system with fresh fluid each time.

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