Driving around Bellefonte, State College, or Lewistown, you may notice that your brakes are slow to react when you step on them. You might also notice a squishy feeling when you press down on them. These signs indicate too much air in the braking system, meaning you should bleed your brakes as soon as possible. Learning how to bleed your brakes can prevent further damage to your car and potentially serious car accidents.
What You Will Need
Before you begin, make sure you have the necessary materials. You’ll need a brake bleeder wrench, the proper brake fluid, a small bottle or a glass jar with a narrow opening, and someone to assist you behind the wheel. Jack stands (or cinder blocks if you prefer), gloves, and protective eyewear are also recommended.
How to Bleed Brakes
- For easy access to the braking system, jack the car up with jack stands. Then remove the tires.
- Use the brake bleeder wrench to loosen the caliper bleeding screw, taking care not to break the screw. If a screw does break, contact a professional immediately.
- Check the brake fluid level in the brake master cylinder. If it is low, add the proper brake fluid (found in your owner’s manual) until it reaches the full line.
- Check the owner’s manual for the correct order to bleed the brakes. Normally, you start with the brake furthest from the master cylinder.
- Fit one end of clear tubing over the bleeder screw and the other end in the catch container (bottle or jar). To keep air from returning to the system, hang the container directly above the caliper.
- Have someone else pump the brake several times until they notice resistance. Have your assistant alert you to this by yelling “Pressure!”
- While your assistant keeps pressure on the brake, open the bleeder screw just wide enough to let the brake fluid pass through the tube. The pedal will begin to drop to the floor. Have your assistant yell “Floor!” when it does.
- Tighten the bleeder screw quickly back into place to keep the pedal from hitting the floor. Recheck the fluid level in the master cylinder and add more fluid if needed.
- Repeat this process for each brake line until the stream of fluid going through the tube is free from the water bubbles. It may take several times.
- Double-check that the bleeder screws are tightened. Then, put the tires back on the car and take it for a test drive to ensure the brakes work properly.
We’re Here to Help
If you have questions about bleeding your brakes, contact The Lake Dealerships. You can either call us or use the Ask the Service Tech tool online. Our qualified technicians will gladly assist you. If you are unsure about doing the task yourself or don’t have the time, simply schedule an appointment with us. Our service center team will quickly handle your brakes, so you can get back on the road with safety.
Visit The Lake Dealerships Today
We hope you found our information on how to bleed brakes insightful. Our outstanding technicians can easily help you if you still have problems with your brakes. If you live in the Bellefonte, State College, or Lewistown area, come by our dealership to explore our inventory of cars and auto parts and let us help with all of your vehicle’s needs.