How To Bleed Brakes By Yourself (Gravity Bleeding)

When doing any type of brake work that require removal or changing of parts such as pads, rotors, calipers, or brake lines. You will eventually be faced with the task of bleeding the brakes to get any air out of the system and get rid of that spongy pedal feel. While replacing brake parts by yourself can be a 1 man task often times bleeding can require an assistant.

How To Bleed Brakes

That is not always the case however when using a VERY simple technique that the guy in this video is demonstrating called “gravity bleeding” To do this you are going to usually start at the passenger side rear wheel (farthest from the master cylinder and work your way closer wheel by wheel. Essentially all you are doing is opening the bleeder screw and then let it drip! The guy in this video lets fluid build up vertically to prevent air from returning to the system as well.

Your master cylinder is higher than the bleeder screws so while it may take more time than pressure bleeding gravity bleeding is a sure fire and easy way to rid your car’s brakes of air and you can do it yourself. I’ve also used this technique when even pressure bleeding didn’t seem to do the job. So crack open those bleeder screws grab a cold one and when your done just be sure to close the bleeder screws and top of the master cylinder with enough fluid.


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