How to Bleed Brakes
When driving around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, South Valley, and beyond, you want to make sure your brakes are working effortlessly; without a properly working brake system, you can’t bring your car safely to a stop.
One way to keep your brakes working well is to bleed them when needed. Below, we’ll give you the step-by-step process on how to bleed brakes and when this should be performed. Read through our detailed guide and contact us at Jaguar Albuquerque if you have any questions.
Process to Bleed Brakes
In order to properly bleed the brakes, you’ll want to follow these steps:
- Find the brake bleeder screw—this will be a nozzle that’s found behind each brake.
- Loosen the first screw with a properly sized wrench or socket.
- Take a flexible hose and place one end over the bleeder screw and the other end in a glass jar.
- Get a friend or family member to press on the brake pedal a few times.
- While they’re pressing down on the brake pedal, you’ll want to open the bleeder screw to empty some of the brake fluid. If you see air bubbles in the fluid, it means there’s air in the brake lines.
- Tighten the bleeder screw and repeat steps 1-5 until all the air bubbles are out of the brake fluid.
- Open the master cylinder and add more fluid until it reaches the “full” line.
- Repeat steps 1-7 in the other brake line until all of the air is out.
- Drive your car around the block and make sure that the brake pedal doesn’t feel soft or spongy when you push down on it.
Importance of Bleeding Brake Lines
If the brake pedal feels soft under your foot or goes all the way to the floor when pressed down, then you’ll need to bleed the brake lines. You’ll also want to bleed the brakes if they frequently get pushed down hard.
A general rule of thumb is to bleed the brakes every two years or 24,000 miles. To make it easier, you can also measure out when your brakes should be bled by doing it around the same time you get the brakes/brake pads replaced. For the exact time frame, you’ll want to refer to your owner’s manual.
It’s essential to bleed the brakes regularly because when a brake line or seal is damaged, air can get inside the system. Furthermore, brake fluid can attract water, lowering the fluid’s boiling temperature and introducing air into the system.
If there’s too much oxidation or moisture inside the braking system, it can quickly get damaged, resulting in costly replacements. Therefore, you’ll want to bleed the brakes as soon as possible to get all that air out of the brake lines.
Schedule Bleeding Brake Service Today
Although you could bleed your vehicle’s brakes yourself, this is something that’s best left to the professionals. Since our technicians have years of experience performing this type of work, they can get it done quickly and efficiently. This way, you can get back to driving around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley in no time.
Don’t wait—if you need to bleed your brakes, then schedule an appointment at Jaguar Albuquerque today