How To Bleed Your Brakes The Baer Way
It's a common misconception that more pressure is better when bleeding a brake system. Well nothing could be further from the truth. According to Baer Brakes, a gentle stroke on the pedal and firm but light pressure works every time. The key to a successful bleed job is to firmly move the fluid through the system while displacing the trapped air in the brake system.
Baer has been engineering, manufacturing, and assembling brake systems that deliver ultimate performance, quality and value to your vehicle since 1986. These guys are the experts when it comes to brakes. Let’s see how Baer thinks brakes should be bled.
Anytime you replace your brake calipers, brake lines or open the brake system you shoud bleed your brake system. This will ensure the brakes work properly and prevent any sort of problem. If you do not bleed the system correctly it may be a safety issue.
Before we get started, you'll need the essentials: the right sized wrenches, and a clear plastic bleed hose, these are the essentials. Baer also recommends using a good quality, non-silicone brake fluid as well. And, last but not least, you will need to have a friend help out. This is a two person job.
How it’s done:
- Slowly pour your brake fluid into the master cylinder. Pouring the fluid in slowly helps keep air bubbles out of the system.
- Next, move the caliper farthest from the master cylinder and attach the clear plastic bleed hose to the bleeder and open the bleeder. VERY SLOWLY stroke the brake pedal by hand or foot until brake fluid comes out. Then, close the bleeder.
- The Actual Bleeding Process
- Have your partner very slowly apply pressure to the pedal one time until resistance is encountered. When you reach this point hold the pedal.
- Open the bleeder, letting the pedal go to the floor or until it loses pressure.
- Repeat this process until all air is purged from the system.
- Be sure to keep the master cylinder filled. Constantly check the fluid in the master cylinder every bleeding process so it does not run dry.
- Before moving onto the next caliper, take a small block of wood or a rubber mallet to carefully tap the calipers to dislodge any air bubbles that may be trapped.
- Complete by finishing off with one final bleed.
- Move on to the next caliper and repeat the process.
Before you reinstall your wheels, Baer recommends that you clean all surfaces with brake cleaner. Wipe all your parts including calipers, rotors, fittings, and hose joints to make sure they are dry and free from dirt and oils.
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