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How to Bleed Your Brakes

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How to Bleed Your Brakes
If your brakes have a squishy feel to them, this could be an indication of having air in your brake lines. Follow these steps to learn how to bleed your brakes if you are comfortable doing it yourself. You will need a combination wrench, a can of brake fluid, a flexible hose, a clean glass jar, and someone to help you.

Note: If you have an ABS, EBD, or BA brake system, only let a professional do this.
  1. Find the bleeder screw located behind each of your brakes.
  2. Use your wrench to loosen the screw, and then tighten it again, but not too tight.
  3. Place the hose over the end of the bleeder screw and put the other end in the glass jar. Fill the jar with brake fluid to cover the end of the hose.
  4. Have your helper slowly pump the brakes and say “down” when pressing the pedal and “up” when releasing it.
  5. After a few pumps of the brake, loosen the bleeder screw while the brake pedal is down. This should cause brake fluid to squirt out. Look for bubbles in your jar.
  6. Tighten the screw again before your helper releases the brake pedal.
  7. Repeat this procedure until there are no more bubbles.
  8. Add more brake fluid to the master cylinder until it is full.
  9. Repeat the above steps with each brake line.
  10. Slowly drive your car to test the brakes.

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