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How do you bleed the brakes on a vehicle?

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2015-07-14 14:58:44
2015-07-14 14:58:44
Bleeding BrakesHello. As I said in my previous answer. Its nice to have someone help you out, pump while the other bleeds. But the method that I explained is actually accurate. Most cars or trucks have their brake booster and reservoir on the driver side., in which is why you would start at the right front passenger side. I have done a lot of brake jobs, in all types of cars and trucks and have yet to come across one with the reservoir on the right side or passenger front side. Anyway, the two-man rookie method is okay. My way is one man bleeder, which is quicker and with an empty jar and a foot of hose with an inside diameter (id) for the bleeder. Very simple !!! You can buy this bleeder at any auto parts store, for about 5-7dollars. I've been the jar method for about 12-15 years. I do 5-8 brake jobs a month, by myself, on the sidelines with my homemade bleeder. Hardest part of a brake job is taking the wheels off to access the bleeders, and you don't even have to do that. Too much work !!! Go invest in a one man bleeder kit or make one and make life a little easier with more time to do more brake jobs and even better getting paid for it, Don't forget if you change your brake master cylinder, it also needs to be bled. Truthfully, if your going to do your brakes, aside from bleeding it, you might as well lube your caliper pins, etc, pack your wheel bearings, and flush out the old fluid, and put fresh brake fluids accordingly to your DOT specs. Hope this make life easier for any DIY.

Here is advice: * Two people are required. Remove tire and the brake caliper will be exposed. On the caliper their is a bleeder nut that needs to be loosened. Have one person depress the brake pedal slowly while you loosen the bleeder nut. Brake fluid and air will come out. As fluid is leaking out, tighten the bleeder nut. Repeat this process on the remaining three tires. * Now to explain it better ... you must first start bleeding your brakes with the back passenger side, then go to the back driver side and bleed them brakes, then go to the front passenger side and bleed them, then last but not least go to the front driver side and bleed them. That is how you bleed brakes. Pay close attention to the master cylinder fluid level. If you let it drop too far and get air in the lines this way, you'll have to start all over again. * Also depends on why you want to. If you just changed front pads & got some air in the bleed valves, there's no need to mess with the rear unless you gave it a chance to circulate. * Its easier if you take both front wheels off and there is a bleed nipple on the caliper it usually takes two people one person to pump the breaks up like ten times and then you loosen the nipple it will squirt fluid out you do this till you get a steady stream with no air bubbles or breaks in the flow make sure you keep your reservoir full so you don't run out and suck more air in it when you loosen the bleed nipple the person pushing the breaks should feel the pedal go to the floor answer get a friend that know how to do it to help you also get another friend to sit in car and operate pedal so you can be under car and see what is being done it is hard to explain without you actually seeing it if you do as told in first answer all you will be doing is letting a little air out and not doing it correctly also bleed wheel furthest from brake fluid reservoir first then next furthest wheel then 3rd furthest wheel then last the closest wheel in first answer it says go to back passenger side that is not correct if reservoir is on passenger side as happens on a lot on non American cars You can bleed brakes with one person. What you need is a small empty jar (small mayo jar) a foot of rubber hose tubing, brake fluid. Put a hole on the lid the size of the rubber tubing, mark a line 1/2 way up the jar and fill it with brake fluid to the line. Starting, from right front passenger wheel, right rear passenger, left rear passenger, and on to left front wheel. Start by ensuring brake fluid reservoir is properly filled to level and put cap back on. Stick rubber hose or tubing into the hole on jar and the other end into bottom of jar. Open first bleeder and go into car and pump at least 5-8 times, stop go back and check jar. If the fluid has risen above line, then your done with that wheel. Recheck the fluid in reservoir and fill as needed, continue procedure through out all the wheels, and top of reservoir when completed.

another option if you are bleeding only the front is to have the tube end in the fluid reservoir

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PREVENT BLEEDING BY TWO PERSON PRESSING FOOT OR A WOOD ON THE PEDAL SPECIALLY THAT ,THE MAIN KEY IS DONT BREAK OR BEAT YOUR BRAKE PUMPS OR MASTER CYLINDER OR CALIPER,IT HAS TO BE SMOOTH PUMP LIKE GRAVITY BLEED YOU WILL NOT HURT THE PUMP THAT YOU JUST HAVE WAIT YOU LOOSE ALITTLE PRESSURE JUST BECAUSE ITS GRAVITY, THEY WILL WORK,AS LONG AS THE BLEEDING TEQNICC LIKE VACUUM BLEEDER IS THE MAIN KEY NOTHING ELSE YOU WILL SAVE YOUR BRAKE PUMPS AT THE SAME TIME VIRGIN,THERE IS NO DISSAAPOINTMENT AS LONG YOU HAVE THE WHOLE SYSTEM NO LEAKS LIKE FLUID PIPE LINES LOOSE OR SOMETHING IT WILL BE THE BEST THING LIKE THE DEALERS DO,THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE TOOL YOU CAN BLEED HYDRAULIC CLUTCH AT THE SAME TIME,YOUR MAIN PART IS MAKE SURE THERE IS NO LEAKS ON THE SYSTEM,THATS IT YOU JUST SAVE YOURSELF SOME MONEY AND A DEALER JOB WELL DONE,CRAFTSMAN OR MYTIVAC BLEEDERS,

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