McCullough NAPA Auto Care

When Do You Need To Bleed Brakes?

What Does It Mean To Bleed Your Brakes?

Vehicle braking systems are hydraulic, meaning they work by pushing pressurized fluid through the brake line to apply stopping power. Sometimes an air bubble will form within a brake line and cause them to feel spongy or take longer to stop the vehicle. The process of removing air from the hydraulic brake system is called bleeding.

How To Tell When You Need To Bleed Brakes?

Bleeding your brakes will remove fluid and air from your braking system to eliminate unwanted air bubbles. New braking fluid will need to be added after bleeding your brakes.

Here’s when you should bleed your brakes:

  • After having new rotors or brake pads installed. We include a brake bleed in our brake service. 
  • When your brakes start to feel spongy
  • When you notice it takes longer to stop or if brakes feel less secure when pressed.
  • If you notice your brake fluid is leaking.
  • Once a year as part of preventative maintenance.

Schedule A Brake Inspection with McCullough NAPA Auto Care

A standard brake inspection at our shop could include the following services:

  • Brake pad or brake shoe replacement
  • Brake rotor resurfacing or brake drum turning
  • Brake rotor or drum replacement
  • Brake fluid bleeding or flushing
  • Brake line leak repair
  • Brake light diagnosis

Following your inspection, our ASE-Certified technicians will thoroughly explain the condition of your braking system. We will recommend how best to fix any issues and work diligently to make the repairs.

Click here to schedule your brake inspection service.