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How to Bleed Brakes Littleton CO Just like you visit a doctor for preventative treatments, your car needs routine maintenance to maintain long-term health. Some of the routine maintenance services needed to keep you cruising around the streets of Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock, CO, include brake service—specifically bleeding your brakes.

At Genesis of Littleton, we’ve created this how to bleed brakes guide to help you learn more about the whys and hows when it comes to your brakes. Curious to learn more? Keep reading!

What Does it Mean to Bleed Brakes?

Bleeding your brakes is a way to remove air bubbles from your brake fluid. Over time, it’s normal for air to get trapped within your brakes, which can lead to soft or spongy brakes. This means you may have to press hard on your brakes to slow down.

When Do I Need to Bleed My Brakes?

There are two different occurrences where you would need to bleed your brakes:

  1. Normal wear that leads to spongy brakes
  2. After changing your brake pads or replacing the fluid line

Whether you’re performing maintenance to your whole brake system or if your brakes feel spongy with time, bleeding your brakes is necessary to keep you cruising for years to come.

How to Bleed Brakes Littleton CO How to Bleed Brakes

Bleeding your brakes is a simple process that should be repeated with each of your brakes for maximum efficiency.

  1. Locate the brake bleeder nozzle: Located behind the brakes, find this nozzle and loosen it with a properly fitting socket or wrench.
  2. Place a piece of flexible hose over the bleeder screw: Place the other end of the hose in a jar, and fill with enough brake fluid to cover the hose.
  3. Pump your brakes: Have whoever is helping you pump the brakes a couple of times. It’s helpful for them to call out when they’re pressing down on or releasing the brake.
  4. Open the bleeder screw: Have your helper hold down the brake pedal while you open the bleeder screw. Watch for air bubbles in your fluid jar.
  5. Tighten the bleeder screw: While the pedal is still being pressed, tighten the bleeder screw to prevent air from traveling up the brake line.
  6. Repeat: Repeat steps 1 to 5 until no air bubbles come out.

Continue the process until all your brakes have been bled, then add more brake fluid to the master cylinder.

If you need help locating the bleeder nozzle, master cylinder, or anything else, make sure you refer to your owner’s manual.

Learn More About Brake Bleeding

Bleeding brakes is a simple way to keep your brakes feeling fresh. While it’s a simple process that can be done at home, it’s also recommended to have your brakes bled by a professional to prevent spills. A team of certified technicians—like at our service center—has the tools and experience needed to bleed your brakes in no time at all.

Are you ready to have your brakes bled? Want to learn more about the process? Contact us at Genesis of Littleton today. With our help, you’ll be cruising around Parker, Littleton, and Castle Rock, Colorado, for years to come!

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