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What Does it Mean to Bleed Brakes?

Brake bleed - not the most pleasant sounding service, and it might not be one that you are super familiar with. While brake bleeding sounds more like a medical procedure, it's actually a common maintenance item performed on brake systems for a specific purpose. Let's look at what exactly a brake bleed is and when it is needed. 

Your vehicle's brake system is hydraulic, meaning that it uses a high amount of pressure and fluid in order to create the force needed to slow or stop your vehicle. Over time, air can get into the fluid system, which can decrease the effectiveness of the hydraulic power and cause problems when it comes to your brakes. If too much air gets into the system, it can actually lead to complete brake failure. 

When one of our mechanics bleeds your brakes, it's basically a service that removes the air from the system. We bleed out the fluid until no air bubbles are visible in the brake bleeder. 

When should I have a brake bleed performed? One thing you may want to do is check your vehicle's owner's manual. This is typically a recommended service and your manufacturer will indicate how often you need this service performed to ensure that your brake system works at its best. However, you may also need a brake bleed if your brakes aren't performing well. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms: 

  • Spongy brake pedal
  • Brake pedal goes to the floor
  • You need to pump the brakes to get them to work
  • It takes longer to slow or stop when you press the brakes

If you suspect that your vehicle's brakes need to be bled or need a different service or repair, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into the trusted choice in auto care here at Lorentz Automotive. Give us a call or stop by our shop today! 

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