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How to Bleed Brakes in Your Car (One Person)


Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel when your
being a road warrior on the highway, are you worried that your brakes are going
to fail you in a pinch, well before you get stuck in a mess, I’m going to show
you how to properly bleed your brakes this morning, if your brakes are getting
mushy, you might have air in your brake lines and you need to bleed the air out,
the bleeder screws are at the wheels, so you take off a wheel to access the
bleeder screw, the bleeder screws have little rubber caps which you pull off,
now here’s where the problem lies, the bleeder screw is down here at the bottom,
but the air wants to go up and stay up, it doesn’t want to come down here, it’s
simple physics when air is introduced to a system, it
wants to rise not fall, but I found a tool called the Phoenix injector, that
works with the air instead of against it, it pushes it up, so it naturally flows
out you, just put the magnet on the wheel so the cannister hangs free and doesn’t
spill, then you go to the bleeder valve with a wrench and turn it about a
quarter of a turn to open it, and put the end of the tool on it, then you just pump
the handle and it pumps fluid into the system, the fluid is pumped in the system
and the air gets pumped upwards, where it normally wants to go, then the air just
gets pumped through all the lines and comes out the top of the brake master
cylinder, so the air is with all the other air, where it belongs, and what I
like best about this injector is, it makes brake bleeding a one-man job and I
hate working with other people, so if you’re worried about mushy brakes
getting you in trouble, now you can be a real road warrior
knowing your brakes won’t fail you on the road, this is Scotty Kilmer helping
your crank it up, and remember if you have any car questions just as Scotty Kilmer
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100 thoughts on “How to Bleed Brakes in Your Car (One Person)

  1. Hey Scotty,I'm about to change the abs module/pump on a 03 escalade,any especial instructions besides the obvious on bleeding the system? Or do you have a video? Thanks.

  2. Hay Scotty, I removed the left front brake hose to the car then put it back so it wont leak until I get new calipers next week. Should I bleed just the left front brake fluid or all four wheels including the master cylinder ?

  3. hey scotty my 06 camry real low pedal replaced rear shoes and mastercylinder   bleed all 4 tires still  pedal  goes to the floor what to do next

  4. hey Scotty here you are again to save my fucking damn life i swear the god if u wasnt on youtube people like me would be in trouble ….we do our best to learn mecanic tricks and such even wthout mecanic formation but U ARE THE GREATEST handy man ever.

    i swear the god i did my brake yesterday and i simply fucked up…pedal was go almost to the floor i was attempting to put a metal bar on the god dam driverseat reaching the pedal and finally….today all i had to do is

    get a bottle
    grab a polypropylene tube vacuum it with a lil of pre-juice in it after pumping a few shot with the FAMOUS BLEEDING VALVE u were talking , yesterday i was going directly for the hose valve not the bleeding valve what a stupid idiot i was……thats why my brake pre-matured the first time and were used so badly i didnt put any silicone also to the pin….i swear if u saw me u would be dissapointed but

    TODAY WAS ANOTHER THING!

    bottle
    plugged

    10-15 shot until i see no air bubble
    lock the shit in
    repeat on both side….and damn man the pedal is so sensitive now! i LUV IT

  5. quick question, when i replace my brake booster do i need to bleed all 4 brakes or just pump the brake and tighten/loosing the lines that connected to the master cylinder few times?

  6. hey scotty i have a new master cylinder(bench bled) and some new line
    I have a GM vehicle so I wanted to know if I could bleed it well enough without abs bleeding to drive it to a dealership for an abs autobleed

  7. well luckily it wasn't the caliper , The slider pins were seized . I buffed them and put lubricant and now the wheel isn't dragging and smoking anymore . Thanks for the quick response .

  8. Well, that makes me laugh.
    It makes so much sense!
    Can it be true? Why does everyone else want to fight the laws of physics?
    Any chance that this could wreck seals or diaphragms or something ??
    Come on now…….tell me the whole truth.
    What could go wrong??

  9. Just checked the price of this device, the metal jammie he uses in this vid w/ all the bells and whistles is over 100 bucks on eBay. there is a so called "poor" man's version on Amazon for 50 bucks.. multiple reviewers stated it broke after the first use.
    I am thinking old school squirt gun, a couple of one way valves and some tube for less than 10 bucks. anyone else agree and/ or could tell me if that would end up introducing more air into lines? hate to rip the company's idea, but I would just use it for my own use, not sell it, and if they made their 50 dollar product half way decent, wouldn't have to.

  10. found this phoenix injector on Walmarts  website (it is not cheap) so people know it can be ordered easily.

  11. Scotty you've helped me so many times with your videos.. i thank you dearly! I'll check out your website and subscribe finally

  12. @Scotty kilmer I just changed my caliber well had a mechanic put them on and one day my wife is driving in they started smoking so we where told to just get a new rotor and caliber now the brakes are hard and we are just lost sir I need to know what might be going on one next says it could be the abs box and my Axel,another mechanic says they look fine in my light would come on (abs light) but it doesn't I'm lost please help if have any idea what I'm talking bout

  13. hi Scotty. My son has a 1989 Buick LeSabre. we had to change the master cylinder and now the front driver side won't bleed. we've replaced the brake hose, the caliper, the pads, and still it won't bleed. I'm at my wit's end. please help!

  14. I wanted to buy a phoenix injector for my brother who does about 2 or 3 brake jobs a week. Your injector looks different from the new ones. Do you have a recommendation on which one to buy? They have a medium duty and heavy duty. The heavy duty injector is over $300. That seems too steep. Not to mention it's mostly plastic. What's your opinion? Thanks!

  15. hi skotty I drive a Prius c and it's 3years old and done only 20000miles.should I bleed the brakes.thanks

  16. Help! Sometimes my pedal is firm, sometimes it's soft and goes far down… Does this mean I have air in the system? I already topped off my brake fluid.

  17. How do you know when you got all the air out? And are not over-flowing the brake fluid tank? Should I remove most of the brake fluid before doing this then consider that line done when it's full again? Thanks.

  18. Hi Scotty,

    I'm trying to fix a spongy brake pedal after a master cylinder replacement. All the products I can find vacuum instead of pump. Are there any concerns forcing debris back up unto your master cylinder that would otherwise stay down?

    Thanks!

  19. Scotty,  Can a person use a regular hand held brake bleeder to get rid of air in a clutch master cylinder line thru the bleeder screw on transmission slave bleeder screw.

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  21. One person is better. Two head's are not always then one. Especially if the other person does not know what he doing.

  22. Can you do a video about air in break lines explaining the sound when you hit the pedal and there's air in the lines? Thanks. ..

  23. I bought a 1996 Camry 2.2L engine. I decided to change the brake fluid because it was dirty. The bleeding process going great (I got dirty fluid put and saw new fluid coming out with no bubbles) until I got to the left front tire. The bubbles keep coming and coming out. I went through two 16oz bottles of brake fluid and the bubble still there. Even with bubbles, the brakes still feels hard but as soon as I started the car, the pedal becomes soft and the pedal pushes to the floor after few brake pumps. I don't see any leaks any where and don't know what to do. Scotty please help.

  24. Is it possible to flush it the way you flush the power steering system? Get a turkey baster, such all the fluid out of the reservoir and repeat a few times over a few days?

  25. Wow, Vintage Scotty from 10 years ago, LOL. I really wish I'd watched this video sooner, it would have saved me SOOOO much hassle.

    To clarify, the proper way to use a reverse bleeder is to purge the nasty fluid FIRST. Then reverse bleed the air out. You old timers without ABS will say there's no need. Or just go drive on a dirt road. No and no in my case.

    I replaced lines/hoses/fittings and front calipers/rear wheel cylinders. My older car has ABS and I live in an urban area. I need a safe way to get the air out of the system BEFORE getting onto the road.

    If you have ABS and got air in your system, reverse bleeding is THE WAY to go !!!

  26. He used to be on channel KHOU channel 11 Houston once a week. Can't remember what day/days. seeing him wearing that shirt is bringing back those memories.

  27. So after you changed a caliper your going to push the air in it back up to where it gets stuck in the abs unit then get towed to the dealership so they can bleed it with diagnostic equipment? Think i will give this a miss

  28. Scotty Kilmer I have a question for you when using this tool what keeps you from pushing the air through all the other lines it’s only got one exit which is through the brake reservoir so when you push air through the front caliper what keeps it from pushing it through the rest of the brake lines to the back are usually use a air bleeder which is basically a vacuum you open up the caliper screw and suck the Air out until it’s a constant stream of fluid so how do you prevent from pushing air back through the system another question is how does it not harm the ABS because that is the main reason they tell you to crack the bleeder screw when you are pushing calipers back in to avoid pushing trash through the ABS pump thank you

  29. Air also "wants" to travel to the spot of lowest pressure, so traditional bleeding continues to work fine, as it always has.

  30. I used this exact brake bleeder kit by Phoenix and it was trash. The fluid mechanics of reverse bleeding are sound. HOWEVER the tool is cheap and broke right away. The hand pump seized up and the handle broke in half because it could not push up the line with enough pressure. The included "quick connectors" were leaking and weren't even compatible with the pump! None of the rubber hoses that attach to the bleeder screws created any sort of seal. Followed every direction and every Phoenix video on how to service the unit. Good luck getting support too. Thanks for the suggestion, Scotty, but i'm out a good chunk of cash and still looking for a tool to bleed brakes.

  31. I have a 2005 Cadillac Escalade I have already replaced and bled all the calipers but my pedal it still all the way to the floor…… I'll appreciate any help you can give me .

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