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Q: Is bleeding brakes needed after pads replacement?

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Do you need to bleed brakes after changing the pads?

A: It really depends on how you deal with the ...

It really depends on how you deal with the system. Some guys are worried about damaging the brake master cylinder. So they open the bleeder valve on the brakes and then squeeze the caliper back in when they change the brake pads. In that case, yes, they would need to bleed the brakes. But on a lot of cars like Toyotas and Hondas, you can just squeeze the caliper back in using a big wrench or clamps to squeeze them in. If you don't open the system, you don't need to be bleed them out. But it is a good idea to bleed the brakes after so many years because crud can build up in it and hinder your drive. So it's not a bad idea to bleed your brakes out after you do a brake job just to get the crud out. If you would like to have a certified technician perform this service for you, a mechanic from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to bleed your vehicle's brakes if necessary.

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