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How to Bleed Brakes 01-05 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Bleeding the Brakes (0:35)
    • Twist the cap off the brake master cylinder
    • Check the brake fluid level
    • Add brake fluid as necessary
    • Start with the wheel farthest from the master cylinder
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Have an assistant pump the brakes three times then hold the brake pedal down
    • Open the rear passenger bleeder screw with an 8mm wrench
    • When there are no air bubbles left in the fluid, close the bleeder screw with an 8mm wrench
    • Have the assistant release the brakes
    • Repeat these steps for the rear driver's side wheel
    • Recheck the brake fluid level
    • Add brake fluid as necessary
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Have an assistant pump the brakes three times then hold the brake pedal down
    • Open the front passenger bleeder screw with an 8mm wrench
    • When there are no air bubbles left in the fluid, close the bleeder screw with an 8mm wrench
    • Have the assistant release the brakes
    • Repeat these steps for the front driver's side wheel
    • Recheck the brake fluid level
    • Add brake fluid as necessary
    • Twist on the master cylinder cap

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In this video, we're going to show you how to bleed the brakes on a 2003 Honda Civic. This process is going to be fairly similar for any other vehicle that may require this process. The items you'll need are an 8 and a 10 millimeter wrench, a drain bucket, and a bottle of unopened DOT3 or higher brake fluid.

Start by opening your hood and locating your master cylinder reservoir. You'll want to make sure that the fluid is topped off. Otherwise, add the appropriate fluid.

Leave the cap off, and start bleeding the brakes from the farthest corner to the master cylinder, in this case, the right rear. Use a drain bucket or similar catch pan under each corner of the vehicle, to catch the brake fluid when you bleed.

The rear brakes require an 8 millimeter box end wrench to bleed. The bleeder screw is located at the top of the wheel cylinder for drum brakes, right on the back side of the backing plate here. Have your friend inside the car pump the pedal three times, inform you when they're holding the pedal down, at which point, you'll open the bleeder screw, wait for the fluid to stop coming out, close it, and have them pump the pedal again. Pump it up.

When you have a steady stream of fluid with no air bubbles or burping, it's time to move on to the next farthest bleeder screw from the master cylinder, being the left rear. Repeat the process on the other side in the rear. Pump it up. Be sure to periodically check that your brake fluid isn't running low. Do not run the master cylinder out of brake fluid.

Now, we'll move on to the front right. On your front disc brakes, the bleeder screw will be located just above the brake hose on the back side of the caliper. The front brakes require a 10 millimeter box wrench to bleed. Repeat the same process you did in the rear. Pump it up. Our bleeder screw is plugged, but as long as we can get fluid out past the threads to release air, the bleeding process should still work. Finally, we'll bleed the left front. Pump it up. Again, our bleeder screw is clogged, but as long as we can get fluid coming out, the bleed will work. When you finish bleeding, make sure your brake fluid is topped off, and reinstall the cap.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Drain Pan
  • Assistant

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Brake Fluid

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket


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