My Car


How To





Proj. Cosmo

Nate Bowen

Arturo Chia

Old Updates

Grocery List:

  • 2 feet of 4mm hose.  I used leftover silicone hose.
  • Glass jar to hold a pint of brake fluid.  I used an old spaghetti jar.
  • 5 pints of brake fluid.
  • 8mm flare nut wrench, I used regular open end wrench.
  • Jack and jack stands.
  • Lug nut wrench, Impact wrench, whatever.
  • A friend, unless you have speedbleeders.
  • Turkey baster, not one that you want to baste turkeys with after the job:)


  • You will bleed the brakes in the following order; RR, RL, FR, FL, ABS unit, Clutch unit.
  • DO NOT BLEED THE SYSTEM DRY!  It will make for a much harder job!  I KNOW!  I did that!
  • The bleeder screws only need 3-5 lb/ft of torque to tighten.
  • Loosen all of the lug nuts of all the wheels.
  • Open brake fluid reservoir in the engine bay and remove as much old fluid as possible.  DO NOT TOUCH BRAKE PEDAL WHILE DOING THIS.  Pour in new fluid to the VERY TOP of the reservoir. 
  • Jack up the right rear of the car.
  • Take off the wheel.
  • Fill glass jar with one pint of brake fluid.  The reason for this is to keep the system from sucking in air accidentally.  When you push the pedal fluid will come out but if it is lifted at all it will suck in air if the valve is not immersed in fluid.
  • Hook up hose to bleeder screw and place other end in jar with fluid.
  • Get ready with the wrench on the bleeder screw.
  • Have your friend pump the brake pedal 5-6 times so it has pressure.
  • Loosen the bleeder screw 1/4 turn and you will see dirty fluid begin to fill the jar.
  • Tell your friend to keep SLOWLY pushing down the pedal through its normal travel.  Have him/her tell you when it is nearing the bottom of the stroke so you can close the bleeder valve.
  • Once the bleeder valve has been closed release the brake pedal and refill the reservoir with some more fluid.
  • Keep doing this until the brake fluid coming out of the bleeder valve is clean.
  • Repeat on other wheels.
  • When finished with wheels move to the ABS unit located near the passenger strut tower.
  • Repeat the procedure with the 2 bleeder valves.
  • Now locate the clutch bleeder screw on the passenger side of the master cylinder.  Do the same with the clutch except since it is much easier to depress depress it slower and make sure to close the bleeder valve quickly.
  • This worked for my car and SHOULD work for yours.  Dry test your brakes to see if they are functioning normally.  If they seem okay, drive around the block to make sure they are functioning properly.