How to Bleed Brakes

Are your brakes feeling a bit squishy? Do them seem less responsive than they should be? This can happen when the brake fluid runs low and air bubbles get trapped in the brake lines. Luckily, there's a solution.

We want to show Columbia, Lexington, and Irmo drivers how to bleed brakes. This process requires some tools, a friend, and some automotive know-how. Read on below to learn more about the process, courtesy of our team at Peacock Hyundai Columbia!

Step 1: Gather the Materials

Bleeding your brakes isn't something you can just jump in and do without preparation. You'll need a few materials to get started. You'll want to pick up:

  • Car jack and jack stands
  • Brake bleeder wrench or combination wrench
  • Can of brake fluid
  • Glass jars
  • Turkey baster or syringe
  • Clear plastic tubing

Make sure the brake bleeder wrench or combination wrench fits the brake bleeder nozzle on your vehicle. Start by jacking up your car and using the jack stands to keep it secure. Never crawl under a raised vehicle that isn't supported by jack stands.

Step 2: Add Fresh Brake Fluid

Before you start bleeding the brakes, you'll need to add new brake fluid. Find the master cylinder reservoir for your brake fluid and remove the cap. You won't need to go under the car for this: The cylinder can be accessed from under the hood.

Draw out the old fluid with your syringe or turkey baster. Then, clean the reservoir and replenish it with fresh, clear brake fluid. As you bleed your brakes, keep an eye on the fluid level. Never let it get more than half empty-top off your brake fluid when needed.

Step 3: How to Bleed Brakes

To bleed your brakes, you'll first need to locate the brake bleeder screw behind each brake. You can start with just one for now. Loosen it with that wrench and attach a piece of your plastic tubing to the screw. Fill one of your jars with two or three inches of brake fluid and put the other end of the tube in the jar.

Now, you'll need your friend to get in the car. Have them press down and hold the brakes, as if he or she were coming to a slow stop. Say down! to signal to your friend to press down. Then, give the bleeder screw a quarter-turn to the left to open the valve. Old fluid (and air bubbles) will move down the tube and into the jar.

As the flowing stops, close the valve and call up! to your friend. They can call up! to confirm and take their foot off the brakes. Cycle through this process until you see clean fluid flowing out through the tube. Keep that reservoir of brake fluid full, too! As you finish with each wheel, just move onto the next one.

Bleed Brakes at Peacock Hyundai Columbia

We hope this guide helps as you learn how to bleed brakes. It's an involved process and trickier than the basic oil change. If you'd rather let the professionals handle it, just make an appointment at the Peacock Hyundai Columbia Service Center.

We'll save you time and help you restore your brake lines to perfect health. Drive with more confidence on the roads of Lexington, Irmo, and Columbia!

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