How to Bleed Brakes
Air may be essential to life, but it’s actually not good everywhere, all the time. For example, if your vehicle’s braking system has air inside of it, it could cause major damage, which would compromise your safety.
So, to get air out of your brake lines, you’ll need to bleed them. We’ll go over how to bleed brakes for drivers like you in the Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega areas. Read through the information below and contact us at Land Rover Santa Fe if you have any questions.
HOW TO BLEED YOUR BRAKES
To bleed the brakes, you’ll need to complete the steps as follows:
- Find the brake bleeder screw. It’s a little nozzle located behind each of the brakes.
- Loosen the screw. Use a properly sized wrench or socket to do it.
- Place a small flexible hose over the end of the bleeder screw. The other end of the hose will go inside a jar that’s filled with brake fluid.
- Have someone slowly pump the brake pedal a few times.
- Open the bleeder screw. You’ll want to do this after the person has pumped the brake pedal a few times and is currently holding the pedal down.
- Check for any air bubbles. If there’s air in the brake lines, then air bubbles will be in the fluid that’s in the jar.
- Tighten the bleeder screw. Do this before the brake pedal is released. Otherwise, air will get sucked backed into the brake lines.
- Release the brake pedal, and repeat steps 1-7 until no more air bubbles come out with the brake fluid.
- Open the master cylinder and add more brake fluid until it reaches the Full line. If you don’t do this, you’ll run the risk of draining all the fluid out and drawing air into the lines from the top.
- Repeat the entire process until air is out of each brake line. Then drive your car around the block to make sure the pedal doesn’t feel soft when you press down on it.
WHEN & WHY YOU SHOULD BLEED BRAKES
A good rule of thumb is to bleed the brakes every two years or 24,000 miles. However, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual for the exact time frame.
There are other instances when it’s a good idea to bleed the brakes, such as:
- When a vehicle sits for months at a time.
- When you frequently brake hard when driving.
- When getting the brakes/brake pads replaced.
However, one of the most obvious signs that you need to bleed your brakes is when the brake pedal feels spongy when pressed down. If this happens, then air is getting into the braking system. You don’t want air in the system since unlike brake fluid, air compresses. When that air compresses in your brake system it delays the brake fluid’s movement to the calipers, which doesn’t let your brakes react the way they are designed to.
This usually happens whenever the brake fluid reservoir is opened. Each time the cap comes off, a tiny bit of air enters into the hydraulic system. This will cause major problems to the braking system over time, so it’s essential that the air gets removed as soon as possible.
OTHER SIGNS YOU BRAKES NEED TO BE BLED
Along with your brake pedal feeling soft and spongy when pressing down on it, there are also other indications that there may be air in the brake system and it is time to bleed your brakes. A majority of the warning signs that let you know you should have your brakes bled deal with abnormal function of the brake pedal.
If you need to pump your brakes to get your vehicle to stop, this can be a sign that there could be air in the brakes. Also, if you don’t feel any resistance when you push down on the brake pedal, this is an issue that needs to be attending to. One potential cause of there being no resistance is that air is present in the brakes.
By bleeding the brakes, you should be able to resolve these problems your car might be experiencing and can have your brakes perform the efficient and safe way they are designed to.
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READY TO SERVICE YOUR BRAKES
Although you can follow the steps on how to bleed brakes we provided above and do it yourself, it is strongly advised to have a trained technician perform this job for you. This is so you know that it is properly being done and all the air is being removed from your brakes.
At our service center, we are ready to help with any of your brake needs. For your convenience, you can schedule an appointment online and find a time that works in your schedule to have your car serviced.
Then when you do bring your vehicle to us, our technicians can handle all your brake service needs all at once. What they can determine is how air got into the brake system in the first place, whether it was the cause of a leak or something else. Then they will bleed your brakes and make sure the brake lines are sealed and won’t let air back into the system.
They will also be able to inspect the entire brake system for you and can do any other maintenance services that they may need. Have them change out the brake rotors if they are worn and repair any parts along with bleeding your brakes all in an efficient and timely manner. This way you get your car back as soon as possible knowing that your brake system is in great condition.
SCHEDULE BRAKE SERVICE TODAY
If you need to bleed your brakes, then schedule service at Land Rover Santa Fe. Our technicians will work quickly and efficiently, so you can be back to driving around Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega in no time.
So, don’t wait. Contact us for brake service today!