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How to Flush Brake Fluid 10-17 Chevy Equinox

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How to Flush Brake Fluid 10-17 Chevy Equinox

Created on: 2018-08-21

How to flush your brake fluid on 12 Chevy Equinox

  1. step 1 :Bleeding the Brakes
    • Twist off the brake fluid reservoir cap
    • Remove the old brake fluid with a turkey baster
    • Fill the reservoir with new brake fluid using a funnel
    • Clean the brake reservoir
    • Raise and support the vehicle
    • Remove the wheel
    • Start with the right rear wheel
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Pull the dust cover off the brake bleeder
    • Have a partner pump the brakes until firm
    • Have your partner hold the brake on
    • Open the bleeder screw with a 10mm wrench
    • Close the bleeder screw
    • Repeat this process until clear fluid comes out
    • Close the bleeder screw
    • Clean the bleeder screw with brake parts cleaner
    • Push the dust cover onto the bleeder
    • Check the brake fluid reservoir
    • Add fluid as necessary
    • Repeat these steps for the left rear wheel, the right front, and the left front, in that order
    • Check the brake fluid reservoir
    • Add fluid as necessary
    • Twist on the brake fluid reservoir cap
    • Reinstall the wheels and tires
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


    Jack Stands

    Drain Pan

    Turkey Baster

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Paper Towels

    Brake Fluid

    Cloth Rags

    Brake Parts Cleaner

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Lug Wrench

Installation Video
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Hi. I'm Mike from 1AAuto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

Hi, this is Sue from 1A Auto, and today we're going to do a brake flush on this 2012 Equinox, because we just did four wheel brake service, with our Nakamoto rotors and pads from 1A Auto, and we're going to do a brake flush, due to that mileage and the year of the vehicle.

So now that we've raised and supported our vehicle with our two post lift – at home, you can use a floor jack with jack stands – we've taken all the tires off, so we can access the bleeder screws and start the flush. On this particular model, the ABS module is in the front of the vehicle, so you go to the furthest brake line, which our sequence will be right rear, left rear, right front, left front.

To start our brake flush, I come up front here to the brake reservoir, make sure you get no debris inside. I use a turkey baster, and I will suck out the old fluid and fill it with clean fluid to start. Now that I'm at the end of the master reservoir, I'm going to fill it with clean fluid, to start my brake flush. Always check your manufacturer's recommended brake fluid. Should be marked on the cap. In this case it's DOT 3.

We're going to use a little funnel, and I'm going to top it off to the line. You'll see the line mark right here. Once again, I like to clean it because I don't want any debris getting inside.

I have a helper inside, and they're going to pump the brakes and help me bleed it. Take the dust cover boot off just by pulling on the tab, raising it up. We're starting at the right rear, which is the furthest from the master cylinder, so I'm going to say, "Pump it up," and my partner in there is going to pump up the brakes, and when it's firm, he's going to say, "Holding." I have a catch basin here. We're going to open the bleeder screw. I'm going to do this about, hopefully, just three times before it comes out clear. Pump it up. This is a 10 millimeter wrench. Holding?


Pump it up. It's important that the partner does not lift that brake pedal up when this bleeder screw is open. You'll suck air back into the system, and you'll have to start all over again. Pump it up. Pump it up.

At this point, I'm going to close this bleeder screw, and I'm going to recheck my master. You never want to run out of fluid. So refill your reservoir and then continue to each wheel, right rear left rear, right front, left front, in between, rechecking the reservoir. Now the fluid is clearer, and that little green tinge disappearing. Pump it up, probably one last time.


Pump it up.


There we go, nice and clear. Pump it up. Now we're going to close the bleeder screw, clean it with brake parts cleaner, and then put the cap back on.

Now that this wheel is clean and all set, we're going to move on to the left rear. So now, we're at the left rear wheel. Same procedure. Take the dust cap off, and my partner in there is holding on the brake pedal. He's already pumped it, so I'm going to open up the bleeder screw. Pump it up. Couple more times on this left rear wheel and we should be all set. Pump it up. Make sure you put the cap back on. Keeping dust and water out of that bleeder screw will help maintenance in the future.

Now we're at the right front caliper. We're going to are remove the boot again. Beautiful. All the color's gone. Nice and clean. Close it up tight. Pump it up.

Okay, so now we're at the final wheel, left front. It's going to be the shortest distance to master, so this should takes no time at all. Remove the boot. My partner in crime has pumped up the brakes and is holding. Cleaning the brake fluid helps keep the moisture out and doing damage to any rubber seals in the brake system. Pump it up.


Yup. We're going to do it one more time, and we'll be all set. Perfect. Nice and tight. Pump it up. We'll clean this wheel. We'll be all set. So now that we've bled all the brakes, with all the clean fluid coming out of all four wheels, we're going to top off the master cylinder one last time. We're right there. It could be right at the indicator. Perfect.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Funnel
  • Jack Stands
  • Drain Pan
  • Turkey Baster
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Paper Towels
  • Brake Fluid
  • Cloth Rags
  • Brake Parts Cleaner

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Lug Wrench

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