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NOTE: Before bleeding your brakes, please make sure that you understand all of the steps in the process. If you have any questions, please email me. Good luck!
Brake bleeding or slave cylinder bleeding is really easy. It is necessary for a few reasons:
If fluid level gets too low, air bubbles are introduced into the system, air bubbles increase
the 'spongy' brake pedal feel or could cause the clutch not to release completely during shifting.
Bleeding replaces the old, dirty, water-saturated, and air-bubble-ridden fluid with new clean fluid.
It should always be done whenever the 'closed' hydraulic system is opened such as a brake job,
caliper or slave cylinder rebuild or replacement, hose replacement, etc. It should also be done as preventative maintenance.
Attach small hose to the bleed screw on top of brake caliper or slave cylinder, place the other end into a catch container.
Actually, you don't have to do step 2 with every pedal press. Usually you can
go 5 to 10 pedal presses before you have to fill the reservoir. Just be sure to not let
the fluid drain completely out since this will introduce air bubbles into the lines;
the very reason you're bleeding is to remove the bubbles. Also, empty the catch can often.
When the fluid entering the catch can is clean, you can stop repeating the steps
and move on to the next caliper.
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