Bleeding Your Brakes on a Jeep JK Wrangler

Whether you’ve just installed a set of new brake lines or worked on your brake system in a way that required you to disconnect any of your brake lines, it is absolutely necessary that you bleed your brakes before you drive your Jeep JK Wrangler. Failure to do so will result in poor to non-existent braking due to air bubbles that can get trapped inside your brake lines. Symptoms of air bubbles trapped in your braking system include an excessively soft brake pedal or a pedal that goes clear to the floor without any resistance. If you have any of these symptoms even though you have not worked on your brakes, check for leaks, fix where necessary and then use this write-up to help you bleed your brakes.

Bleeding Your Brakes on a Jeep JK Wrangler

7 Comments so far

  1. JackMac January 12th, 2008 11:27 pm

    Nice basic maintenance tip - I’ve had to do this a few times on other vehicles, and it’s not too bad.

  2. JCas February 17th, 2008 6:53 pm

    Wondering if you needed to add any steps because of the ABS? Haven’t attempted yet, but I’ve read that some vehicles require you to cycle the ABS pumps. Just wondering.

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  5. YupYup May 29th, 2009 7:32 pm

    Very easy to follow. Thanks. Wondering if there’s a way to bleed the brakes without someone else pressing the brake.

  6. michelle September 17th, 2009 5:54 pm

    hi there. very informative article. i have a question that i need help with. my mother’s mechanic just changed the front brake calibers on my 1992 jeep wrangler. this was after changing the front brake pads a few days before. once the pads were changed and i drove the car, the driver side tire area was smoking. the mechanic said then i needed new brake calibers. he changed those and now the brakes don’t work. he bled them, and the brakes still want “hold volume.” someone else then suggested to him to check the master cylinder. he replaced that with a used master cylinder and still no brakes. geesh. any ideas? help appreciated.

  7. ewan January 19th, 2015 1:28 pm

    I was taught to keep the bleed bottle above the brake nipple so any air bubbles up up the hose into the dump bottle and not up the air hose back into the brake caliper.

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