I like to have fresh brake fluid in my lines every year or so. Admittedly bleeding the brakes is a bit time consuming and ideally requires 2 persons. I'm a 1 man show so! I made a vacuum powered liquid extractor and this is my latest tool for car maintenance.
The page from my Honda civic 1999 manual shows the bleed sequence for a left hand drive vehicle. My vehicle is right hand drive. Therefore the correct bleed order is:
RL FR RR FL
The tools needed:
My diy vacuum extractor with appropriate sized vinyl tubing.
Can of powerlube.
10mm and 8mm spanners.
Bottles of dot3 brake fluid.
Tire jack: I used my drill powered jack to quickly raise or lower the car.
OK since the preliminaries are out of the way, read on for how I did the job.
Step 1: The Vacuum Extractor!
This handy tool is a time saving, work-gasm union of a water pump filter and an hvac vacuum pump with some tubing thrown in for good measure.
Step 2: Fresh Fluid in the Reservoir.
Step 3: Accessing the Bleed Nipple - REAR.
Step 4: Bleeding the REAR!
I kept Topping the reservoir and once the bleed fluid ran clear for a bit I turned the valve shut. Not over tightened to avoid damaging the tiny nipple.
Step 5: Bleeding the FRONT!
Step 6: Completion!
Now the car brake pedal feels far firmer but this is no excuse to drive hard and fast!
I hope this instructable has been helpful!