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Another way to bleed brakes by yourself

If you need to get your brakes done and you are alone but don't have time to wait for them to self bleed, here is a good way to do that(I do it every time i have to bleed my brakes). Get yourself a pipe or wooden rod something with some thickness b/c there will be some force on it. somewhere between 2' and 3' depending on how much space between your seat and the brake pedal. You can move your seat forward and back to get it to fit so it doesn't need to be an exact size. You pump your brakes a few times, hold the pedal down and stick your pipe(or whatever you have) on the brake pedal and the other end u lodge against the seat(put it on the bottom of cushion so it can't pop up and out) make it fit very snug so pedal doesn't move, before you move foot from brake. You can then get out and bleed the line. Then repeat until you have all the air out.

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My mechanic told me about a car he struggled with that finally he read the manual and it was a self bleeding car. He did the initialization and the car burped and gulped for awhile and then was done. But, I don't know what kind of car it was so heads up to all you diy guys out there.

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As a general rule, if you have ABS you might have to cycle the pumps and valves to purge the old fluid out of the unit. This is either done via a dealer scan tool, a purge valve/bleeder valve on the ABS unit, or a less than ethical way. Drive your car and heavily engage the ABS, you know what I'm talking about.
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You can also bleed or flush the brakes as maintenance. Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means it absorbs moisture. Over time this moisture will reduce the boiling point of the break fluid. Lower boiling point means that under heavy braking the brake fluid can get hot enough to boil. Once it boils you get air bubbles and lose your braking ability. So flushing/bleeding the brake system every once and a while just makes good sense.

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