I knew I bought that air compressor for more than just inflating exercise balls and blowing dust off of stuff in the basement.
I’d always been a little wary of bleeding brakes as it sounded like a tricky process (“have one person pump the brake pedal while the other person controls the bleeder valves, release the pedal slowly, make sure there are no bubbles…”). Moreover, the more thorough job of a brake flush (replace all the brake fluid in your car) sounds intimidating and something best left to the dealer or independent shop, which would like to charge a lot for the task given the “special equipment” required.
It turns out, though, that with an air compressor, some tubing, and a modified brake fluid reservoir cap, it’s actually surprisingly easy to flush the brake system on most cars, not to mention bleed an individual corner.
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