When you replace your brake pads or rotors, you should always consider bleeding your brakes. This can be a simple service to perform once you know what you're doing, but you'll need a helper. We want to show Pittsburgh, Latrobe, and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, drivers how to bleed brakes.

Follow the steps outlined below to bleed your brakes. If you decide you'd rather let certified technicians do your brake repair, reach out to us at Star Volvo Cars Greensburg!   

Before You Begin: Tools

As we mentioned earlier, you'll need an able assistant to pump the brake pedal while you keep your eye on the brake fluid. Have the following tools ready before you start to bleed the brakes:

  • Car jack and jack stands
  • Catch container (e.g., plastic soda bottle)
  • Clear plastic or vinyl tubing (e.g., aquarium tubing)
  • Manufacturer-recommended brake fluid
  • Lug nut and brake bleeder wrenches

How to Bleed Your Brakes

1. Mount the Car. Park your car on a solid, flat surface and turn it off. Use the car jack to raise up the car and the jack stands to keep it secure.

2. Remove the Tires. Remove the lug nuts from your tires and then unmount the tires and wheels. Doing so will expose the caliper assembly and rotor on each brake.

3. Loosen the Bleeder Screw. Usually starting with the rear passenger side (check your owner's manual), loosen the bleeder screw.

        

4. Connect the Clear Tubing. Place one end of your clear tubing over the bleeder opening and the other end in your catch container.

5. Prep to Bleed Brakes. Make sure the brake fluid reservoir is full (top off the fluid if needed) and have your helper get into place in the driver's seat. Remember, you will bleed the brakes with the engine off.

6. Bleed the Brakes. Have your helper slowly pump the brake pedal two times and then hold the brake pedal to the floor. Have them call pressure when the pedal is down. Then, use a wrench to open the bleeder valve. This forces the air and dirty fluid through the tubing and into your catch container.

Next, have your helper call down when the pedal goes to the floor and close the bleeder valve. When it is closed, the helper can slowly release the pedal and call up. Repeat this process until there are no more air bubbles or dirty fluid running through the tubing-and keep the brake fluid reservoir full as you do.

7. Repeat for Each Brake. When you finish all four, you will have successfully bled your brakes!  

What Is the Correct Order to Bleed Brakes?

When you bleed brakes on most cars, start with the passenger-side rear brake, then the driver-side rear brake, then passenger front, and finally, the driver front. This is only a rule of thumb, however: Be sure to check your owner's manual to confirm the correct pattern for your vehicle.

Book Brake Bleeding Service at Star Volvo Cars Greensburg

If you've never bled brakes before, the process may seem a bit complex. If you'd rather let our certified technicians handle the job, we'll be happy to! We provide speedy service to drivers here in the Pittsburgh, Latrobe, and Greensburg, PA areas.

Book your brake bleeding service at our service center today for quality brake repair! 

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