How to Bleed Brakes

How to Bleed Brakes

If your car’s brakes are feeling unresponsive and somewhat spongy or sluggish, it’s possible that there’s air in the brake lines. To remove air from the lines, you’ll need to bleed the brakes. Bleeding the air from the brakes provides more responsive and firm brakes when driving the roads of D’lberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg. It’s also something that has to be done whenever you put new brakes on the car or work on the brake system in any way.

We all rely on our brakes to be there for us when we need them most. When they aren’t responding the way they should, learn about bleeding your brakes and where to go for the best brake repair service to get your vehicle back on the road safely.

Bleeding Your Brakes

Bleeding brakes involves a few steps, so make sure you’ve gathered all the necessary equipment before proceeding.

  1. Begin by supporting the car by jacking it up and placing on a jack stand. Make sure they are absolutely secure as you’ll be working under the car.
  2. Remove all four wheels. Look for the caliper bleeding screws and spray them with a loosening solution, then try to loosen them with a brake bleeder wrench or combo wrench. Loosen them by a turn or two, then slightly re-tighten, but not too tight.
  3. After tightening the screws again, look at the fluid level in the brake master cylinder. New fluid should be added if the level looks low. Reference your owner’s manual as needed to make sure you’re in the right place.
  4. Next, fit a piece of clear tubing over the bleeder screw and place the other end in a catch basin or container like a jar or bottle.
  5. With the engine off, have a friend or family member pump the brake pedal until they start to feel a bit of resistance. Your assistant should let you know when the pressure has increased and the pedal has become firm.
  6. As the pressure continues to be applied, open the bleeder screw and allow the fluid to flow through the clear tubing.
  7. Tighten the bleeder screws when the person assisting lets you know when they have released the brake pedal.
  8. Repeat the process again and again until no more air bubbles come out with the fluid, and do this for all brake locations in the car. Tighten all bleeder screws before placing the wheels on again.

Brake Service and Repair

Checking Brake Pads

If you’re uncertain about the process of bleeding your brakes and you’re hearing squeaking sounds when braking, your brake pedal is soft when pressure is applied, or your car is pulling to one side of the road while navigating, it’s always a good idea to let experienced brake technicians look at your car. If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, there may be a brake issue that needs to be solved.

Visit Our Service Center Today

From bleeding brakes to replacing brake pads and rotors, our technicians work efficiently to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive. At Peck Kia, we’re committed to finding the best possible solution and will work to resolve brake concerns in a convenient manner.

Bring your car to us for help getting your brakes serviced, and you’ll be back on the roads D’lberville, Gulfport and Hattiesburg in no time. Our technicians will solve any brake problem so you can get back to daily life sooner. Schedule an appointment with our service center today.