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5 December, 2012 6:54 pm : Mtl Auto-Parts
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How to bleed your brakes

With the right tools, a little know-how and some patience, bleeding your brakes is actually pretty easy. But before I explain the steps, let’s get acquainted with the brake system itself. The brake rotors and the brake pads are what actually do the stopping. The brake calipers squeeze the pads to the rotors, causing the vehicle to slow when the brake pedal is depressed. And, the simple hydraulic system, which connects the pedal to the caliper, is what needs to be bled. That’s because if air is present in the system, mushy brakes are the result. Since you’re bleeding air from the system, you always need to start with the wheel farthest away from the master cylinder. Basically, while your partner pumps the pedal, you need to loosen the caliper bleed screw until air bubbles out. While the pedal is still depressed, tighten the screw. Do this on all four wheels, working your way from the farthest to nearest tire, and you’re done. Whenever you’re performing a brake job, it’s a great time to add some upgraded components. Companies like EBC brakes and Brembo brakes make some great performance brake parts like drilled and slotted rotors and stainless steel brake lines. Couple these upgrades with some ceramic brake pads from companies like Hawk or Raybestos, and you’ll be stopping like a racecar! The great thing about aftermarket brakes is that whether you’re shopping Honda Accord brakes, F150 brakes or even Toyota Corolla brakes, you can put some performance into the pedal of any daily driver.


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