How to Bleed Your Brakes

brake fluidBrakes are a crucial aspect, if not the most important system, of your vehicle. Because they work so hard to keep you safe on the roads of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle, they need special attention from time to time. Along with regular maintenance, bleeding your brakes can help their performance.

However, this is a process that requires some extra attention to detail. This is why Faulkner Mazda has created this step-by-step guide on how to bleed your brakes properly. Follow what is stated below and you’ll have fresh brakes in no time.

How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way

brake pedalHave you been noticing that your brake pedal feels a bit soft or squishy? This could be the result of too much air buildup in your brake lines. Bleeding your brakes will remove that air, allowing your brakes to work as they should once again.

Before you begin, you will need the following tools:

  • Brake Bleeder Wrench or Combination Wrench that Fits Your Nozzle
  • Brake Fluid
  • Glass Jar
  • A Friend to Help
  • Piece of Hose

Warning: Make sure that no air gets into the other parts of your brake system, as this can cause serious (and expensive) issues and possible brake failure. Taking your vehicle to a professional at an authorized service center will ensure this does not happen.

1. Locate your brake bleeder screw, which is behind each of your brakes. Jacking up your vehicle will make it easier to find this piece.

2. Loosen the bleeder screw with your special wrench and make sure not to strip or break it. If the screw becomes damaged, further repairs will be needed before driving again.

3. Take your hose and place it over the screw and put the other end in the glass jar. Then, fill it up with your brake fluid.

4. Have your friend slowly pump the brake pedal. If you decided to jack up your car, take extra care!

5. Now, open the bleeder screw and let the fluid out into the jar through the hose. If there was any air in your brakes, you’ll be able to see small bubbles in the jar full of fluid.

6. Have your friend press down on the brake pedal and tighten the bleeder screw back on.

7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 until you no longer see any bubbles in your jar.

8. After no bubbles are present, open up your master cylinder and add more brake fluid. If this step is skipped, it can result in all the fluid draining out causing air to get back into your brake lines.

9. Repeat this entire process until there’s no more air in your brake lines. Make sure to add fluid into your master cylinder each time!

10. Take a test drive around the block slowly to test your brakes. If your pedal is still soft or spongy, repeat these steps until it feels as it should.

Have Your Brakes Bled Professionally at Faulkner Mazda

Whether you don’t have the correct tools for bleeding brakes or want to skip the work completely, you can turn to our certified service center today. Our experts can bleed your brakes quickly, allowing you to return safely to the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle roads. Make an appointment today!