Bleed the brakes in a few simple steps
The process of bleeding involves getting the air out of the braking system. The lines usually catch air if you change any component or because of the heat that causes the fuel to boil and create gas. Not bleeding the lines may lead to complete failure of the brakes.
Follow these steps:
- Check under the hood for the master cylinder. Look to see at what level is the fluid, and add more if it’s needed so it is full. You can use DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid.
- Raise the car with a jack so it’s easier to work at the wheels. Look first behind the farthest wheel from the master cylinder for the bleeder valve. The valve has a little nipple on top in which you introduce the rubber hose.
- After you connected the rubber hose to the valve, get a canister and fill it with fluid. Place the other end of the hose in the bucket. Ask an assistant to press and hold the brake pedal, while the valve is opened. Before asking him to release the pedal, make sure you close the valve. Repeat this to the remaining wheels.
- Lower the car and go for a ride to test the brakes. If they still fell spongy, you still need to bleed them.