Tip & How-To about 2004 Ford F150
First of all, you will need a bottle of brake fluid, a length of rubber hose about the diameter of a drinking straw and about 18" in length, a clean, empty 5lb coffee can, and a 3/16" opened-end/box-end wrench.
Have the front end of the car jacked up and remove both front tires. (Make sure you use jack stands in the event that your jack fails.) Remove the cap from the brake fluid reservoir. Put 1"-1 1/2" of brake fluid in the empty can and place it under the bleeder valve on the side you will be working on first. Place one end of the rubber hose in the can and attach the other end over the bleeder valve. Use the wrench to loosen the bleeder, but do not remove the valve from the caliper. Then, just pump the brake pedal slowly, all the way to the floor and all the way back up. Do this several times. Refill the fluid reservoir. Pump the pedal a few more times, refill the fluid level. The fluid in the can may be reused if needed. When bubbles stop coming out into the can, close the bleeder valve while the hose is still in the fluid in the can. If this is not done properly, air will get sucked back into the system, and you will have to start over. Repeat the process on the other side. After the bleeder valve is closed, place the cap on the fluid reservoir, and put the tires back on.
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