How to Bleed Brakes
Your vehicle’s braking system is a crucial component because it’s responsible for helping you manage your vehicle’s speed and to get it to stop in the event of an emergency situation. Since your braking system is comprised of several components, staying on top of your brakes and their performance is important. However, if there’s air in your brake lines, you’ll need to know how to bleed the brakes in order to correct the issue and to get your brakes back to proper working order.
At Boardwalk Honda, we’re here to inform drivers in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Galloway about this important procedure, as well as how air can get into their brake lines and how they can tell that they’ll need to bleed their brakes.
The Way Air Can Get Into Your Brake Lines
The most common way for air to find its way into your brake lines is when you’re low on brake fluid. Brake fluid is pumped through the lines when you’re pressing on the brake pedal. The pressure and the brake fluid cause the calipers to force the brake pads against the rotors to slow your vehicle down or stop it entirely. If air gets in the brake lines, it could greatly affect the function of your brakes.
How Can I Tell That There’s Air in My Brake Lines?
As the driver, you’re pretty familiar with how your vehicle handles and what its pedals feel like. The brake pedal usually has a noticeable resistance to it, but when there’s air in your brake lines, the pedal will feel a bit spongey. When you notice the squishiness of your brake pedal, you’ll need to know how to bleed brakes in order to get your brakes to function properly.
What Will I Need to Bleed My Brakes?
Bleeding your brakes is the process of removing air from your brake lines by literally draining the brake fluid. In order to perform this service yourself, you’ll want to know how to bleed brakes, and you’ll need the right tools for the job. This is also the type of service where you’ll need a friend to help you.
To properly bleed your brakes, you’ll need the following:
- New Brake Fluid
- A Wrench
- Rubber Hose & Vessel (or a Bleeder Bottle and Nipple)
How to Bleed Your Brakes
Once you have all of your tools ready and your friend is there to help, you can get started. You’ll have to remove the wheels and expose the actual brake calipers and rotors. You’ll be able to see the bleeder valve outside the caliper. Attach the hose to the valve and open it with the wrench when your friend presses down on the brake pedal. You’ll have to repeat the open, press, close technique a few times until you see a steady stream of brake fluid flowing out of the bleeder valve. Be ready to add more brake fluid, because if it gets too low and air gets in your lines, you’ll have to repeat the entire process.
Having Your Brakes Bled Professionally
If you know how to bleed your brakes, then you know that it’s a complicated and involved process. However, you can always have your brakes bled professionally. At Boardwalk Honda, our trained service technicians are here to help you by performing these types of services. We’d be happy to help you bleed your brakes and get the air out so they can function properly.
Schedule your brake service with us at Boardwalk Honda. We’re proud to help drivers in Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Galloway with their automotive service and maintenance.