How to Bleed Brakes
Your braking system is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. If there are any issues with your brakes, then you can’t safely bring your car to a stop. This could cause a serious accident around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or South Valley.
One way to prevent any type of damage is to bleed the brakes. We’ll explain how this is done and when the work should be performed. Read through our guide on how to bleed brakes and contact us at Land Rover Albuquerque if you have any questions.
Bleeding the Brakes
The process for bleeding the brakes typically goes as follows…
- Find the brake bleeder screw (nozzle that’s located behind each of the brakes).
- Use a proper wrench or socket to loosen the screw.
- Place one end of a flexible hose over the bleeder screw and the other end in a glass jar.
- Have someone pump the brake pedal a few times.
- While the brake pedal is pressed down, open the bleeder screw to have brake fluid come out. If there are air bubbles in the fluid, then you know there’s air in the brake lines.
- Tighten the bleeder screw, then repeat steps 1-5 until no more air bubbles come out with the brake fluid.
- Open the master cylinder and add more brake fluid until the level reaches the Full line.
- Repeat the above steps until the air is out of each brake line.
- Once the brake fluid level is full, drive the car around the block. This is to double-check that the brake pedal no longer feels spongy when you press down on it.
When & Why You Should Bleed Brake Lines
You should mainly bleed the brake lines when the brake pedal feels spongy or soft when you push down on it or if the pedal goes all the way to the floor. Brake lines should also undergo bleeding if your car endures frequent hard braking.
Furthermore, you typically need to bleed brake lines every two years or 24,000 miles (or, when you get the brakes/brake pads replaced). However, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual to get that exact time frame.
When a brake line or seal is damaged, air can get into the system. Plus, brake fluid can attract water, which lowers the fluid’s boil temperature and introduces air into the system. If there’s too much oxidation, heat, or moisture getting inside the braking system, then that could cause great damage to it. That’s why it’s crucial to bleed the brake lines and remove all the air bubbles out of the brake fluid.
Schedule Brake Service Today
While you could bleed brakes yourself, something like this is probably better left to the professionals. Luckily, our technicians at Land Rover Albuquerque have years of experience performing this automotive service. Therefore, they can get it done quickly and efficiently, so you can be back on the roads of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley as soon as possible.
Don’t wait until your brake system fails; schedule a service appointment today!
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