Brake Bleeder Kit
When the vehicle's brakes feel spongy, then it might be time to bleed them. To be able to do this with utmost ease, purchasing a brake bleeder kit is definitely a must. Bleeding the brakes can be difficult and it can get quite messy; however, purchasing a kit that contains almost everything that you'll need will make the job a whole lot easier. Bleeding the brakes will remove air and other contaminants in the hydraulic fluid, making braking more efficient. But before you go out to purchase a new kit for your ride, here's a brief and general guide on how to do it.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Tools that you'll need
- Brake fluid
- Plastic tubing
- Metric wrench set
- Clear bottle or container
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure that your vehicle is parked on a flat-level surface. Also, don't forget to engage park or neutral and place wheel chocks at the back of the tires to prevent any accidents.
Step 2: Next, the bleeding sequence and process on your vehicle will depend on whether it's a front or rear-wheel drive. In case you own a rear-wheel drive, stat from the wheel that's closest to the master cylinder.
Step 3: To begin bleeding the brakes, attach one end of the plastic tubing onto the bleeder screw and put the other end inside a bottle where it will be easy to see air bubbles.
Step 4: Then, use a wrench to crack open the bleeder and ask an assistant to apply pressure to the brake pedal while you do this.
Step 5: Pump and bleed the vehicle's brake lines until there are no more air bubbles flowing through the plastic tube to reach the bottle.
Step 6: After air has been taken out that, repeat the previous steps and continue bleeding the brakes until fresh brake fluid starts to come out.
Step 7: While you do this, always check the master cylinder, making sure that reservoir does not dry up or cause air flow to back into the system. Refill the reservoir when whenever fluid gets low. Also, don't forget to keep the master cylinder and bottle covered with a lid to protect it from unwanted elements. This will also help keep air out of the system and fluid to come in.
Step 8: At this point, you're already done with bleeding the brakes and the fluid in the system is brand new.
- Drive carefully. When the brakes have become spongy and you can't do the repairs yet, do not test it by driving fast and carelessly.
- Secure a cleaning rag. When bleeding the brakes, don't forget to keep rags nearby as the task can get dirty and messy.
- Dispose brake fluid properly. When bleeding out old and used brake fluid, do not dispose it haphazardly as it can cause damage to the environment.
- Beware of hot components. When working with braking components, keep in mind that these can get extremely hot so handle them with care.
- Use the brake bleeder with brake fluid only. Keep in mind that the brake bleeder is only suitable for brake fluid and nothing more. Do not use this tool to siphon other types of liquid if you want it to have a longer service life.