SUBARUPictures of how I fixed the brakes on the Subaru Legacy Outback.


Brakes are weak. Not necessarily spongy or air in the lines, just weak brakes. New brake pads should fix that.

Also I might as well bleed the brakes and put in new brake fluid while I'm in there.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. First I did the usual things with wheel chocks, breaker bars, jackstands, that sort of thing. And I changed the brake pads, writeup in the menu to the left.

  2. Let's see, I removed as much brake fluid from the reservoir as I could, Then filled the reservoir with new fluid. Brake fluid should not be shit brown. It should be almost clear or golden honey.

  3. I started with the brake farthest from the brake fluid reservoir,
    1. the right rear,
    2. then left rear,
    3. then right front,
    4. then left front.
    Some old mechanic told me this is the order in which to do it. Farthest to nearest.

    I gave the brake bleed nipple some WD40.
    Ha ha ha. Nipple.

  4. I found the 10mm and then removed the brake bleed nipple rubber cover.
    nipple rubber
    Ha ha ha. Nipple rubber. Some google searchers are going to be disappointed when they get here.

  5. I globbed a bunch of white lithium grease around the nipple threads to try to keep air from getting in when I applied suction. I read somewhere that lithium grease will not damage the brake lines if it gets in, but other kinds of grease will cause damage. I don't know, but Li grease is cheap.
    Lithium grease

  6. Anuyway, then I attached a big syringe to the nipple with some clear tubing. MAKING SURE the brake fluid reservoir is full of new clean brake fluid, I
    1. opened the brake nipple,
    2. sucked fluid with the syringe,
    3. closed the nipple,
    4. dumped out the fluid from the syringe,
    5. FILLED UP the brake reservoir,
    6. and repeated until clean clear brake fluid came out.


  7. When clean brake fluid came out of all four slave cylinders, I was done. I tightened the last nipple, cleaned up the grease, reinstalled the rubber cap, and...

  8. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  9. Then I finished my beer.

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