A brake bleeder (available at auto parts and Internet stores) is used to remove moisture, and expel contaminated brake fluid from the brake system. The brake fluid in a VW should be flushed every 24 months or two (2) years.
Step 1 – Drive the vehicle front wheels onto ramps (2)
Step 2 – Place the gear selector in “Park” or “1st Gear”.
Step 3 – Place wheel chocks behind the two (2) rear wheels.
Step 4 – Place an oil pan under the passenger-side rear wheel.
Step 5 – Engage the hood lever lever in the cabin compartment.
Step 6 – Raise the engine hood.
Step 7 – Remove the brake reservoir cap (Yellow) by turning counter-clockwise.
Step 8 – Fill the reservoir with fresh VW Dot 4 brake fluid to the fill line.
Step 9 – Fill the reservoir of the brake bleeder pump with fresh VW Dot 4 brake fluid.
Step 10– Attach the plastic tubing (from kit) to the ports of the brake bleeder.
Step 11 – Attach the adapter cap (Red) to the master cylinder reservoir by turning clockwise until tight.
Step 12 – Pump the handle of the brake bleeder pump to pressurize the brake system.
Step 13 – Pump the handle of the pump until a reading between 12 and 15psi is shown on the gauge of the pump.
Step 14 – Place an oil drain pan under the passenger-side rear wheel.
Step 15 – Position the body or use a creeper under the passenger-side rear wheel.
Step 16 – Place a piece of plastic tubing (from kit) on the brake bleeder fitting.
Step 17 – Using a 9mm box wrench, loosen the bleeder fitting by turning counter-clockwise. one (1) turn.
Step 18 – The pressure from the pump will force discolored and contaminated brake fluid to enter the drain pan.
Step 19 – When there are no noticeable air bubbles and the brake fluid turns “clear”, close the brake bleeder fitting.
Step 20 – Move the drain pan to the drivers-side rear wheel.
Step 21 – Repeat the steps above (14 through 19) on the drivers-side rear wheel.
Step 22 -Move the drain pan to the passenger-side front wheel.
Step 23 – Repeat the steps above (14 through 19) on the passenger-side front wheel.
Step 24 – Move the drain pan to the drivers-side front wheel.
Step 25 – Repeat the above steps (14 through 19) on the drivers-side front wheel.
Step 26 – Remove the drain pan, plastic tubing, and 9mm wrench from under the drivers-side front wheel.
Step 27 – Pour the contaminated brake fluid into a plastic container.for recycling.
Step 28 – Unscrew the adapter cap (Red) by turning counter-clockwise.
Step 29 – Attach the original brake reservoir cap (Yellow) by turning clockwise.
Step 30 – Remove the hoses to the brake bleeder and adapter and set pump aside.
Step 31 – Have an assistant apply pressure to the brake pedal and check for a firm pedal.
Step 32 – Check for fluid leaks at all four (4) wheels.
Step 33 – Close the engine hood.
Step 34 – Remove rear wheel chocks.
Step 35 – Back vehicle off ramps.
Step 36 – Road test vehicle.