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Best tool to bleed power steering and brakes

Best vacuum tool to bleed power steering and brakes

If you’ve replaced any part of your hydraulic power steering system and the power steering now has air bubbles that creates a moaning sound, the factory approved method to use a vacuum tool to bleed power steering.

Car makers no longer recommend turning the steering wheel lock-to-lock. Doing that builds up to 2,000psi and can burst a hose or seal. Plus, it isn’t as effective in getting the air out.

Mityvac MITMV8500 Silverline Elite Automotive Vacuum Pump Kit to bleed brakes, clutch and power steering systemseed air out of cooling system

Mityvac MITMV8500 Silverline Elite Automotive Vacuum Pump Kit

bleMityvac MVA660 Power Steering Adapter fit in top of power steering fluid reservoir. Apply vacuum to bleed air from the system.ystem

Mityvac MVA660 Power Steering Adapter

This Mitivac MITMV8500 kit and Mitivac MVA660 power steering adapter shown here are great tools to use for bleeding all vehicle systems, including coolant.

Simply wedge the Mitivac MVA660 into the power steering fluid reservoir and apply vacuum. That’ll draw all the air out of the power steering rack, lines, cooler and pump.

How to use vacuum to bleed brakes

Simply attach a hose to the lid of the plastic collector cup in

Use a handheld vacuumm pump, collector cup and vacuum hose to bleed brakes

Hand held vacuum pump, collector cup and bleed hose

the kit. Then run a second hose to the caliper or wheel cylinder bleed screw. Pump the vacuum pump and loosen the bleed screw to suck the fluid out of the caliper or wheel cylinder.

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