How To Bleed Brakes On A Car
Knowing how to bleed brakes on a car will help keep your braking system performing well and could prolong the life of its components. Before bleeding brakes the first step is to lubricate the bleeder screws well with penetrating oil. Use a box end wrench as it will allow more contact with the bleeder and will have less chance of stripping it. A stripped bleeder screw could require caliper replacement, a potentially costly repair.
There are several methods you can use when bleeding brakes, however whichever method is used the process normally starts with the wheel furthest away from the master cylinder and then moves on to the next furthest (unless the owner’s manual or manufacturer specifies otherwise). Some cars have ABS systems that require a special tool to cycle the ABS system to fully bleed the system. Whenever bleeding brakes or adding fluid to the system always use a new unopened bottle of the manufacturer's recommended brake fluid. You should also consider flushing the old fluid out of the system as old brake fluid (both in the bottle and in your brake system) attracts water which can seriously impede your car’s braking performance.