Bleeding the Brake System


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    Do not reuse the drained fluid. Use only clean 3 Brake Fluid from an unopened container. Using a non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and shorten the life of the system.


Do not mix different brands of brake fluid; they may not be compatible.

Make sure no dirt or other foreign matter is allowed to contaminate the brake fluid.

Do not spill brake fluid on the vehicle, it may damage the paint; if brake fluid does contact the paint, wash it off immediately with water.

The reservoir on the master cylinder must be at the MAX (upper) level mark at the start of the bleeding procedure and checked after bleeding each brake caliper. Add fluid as required.

  1. Make sure the brake fluid level in the reservoir is at the MAX (upper) level line.
  3. Before proceeding, on vehicles with 4-wheel ABS, remove the ABS main fuse.
  5. Attach a length of clear drain tube to the bleed screw.
  7. Have someone slowly pump the brake pedal several times, then apply steady pressure.
  9. Starting at the right rear, loosen the brake bleed screw to allow air to escape from the system. Then tighten the bleed screw securely.
  11. Repeat the procedure for each caliper until no air bubbles are in the fluid. Bleed the calipers in this sequence: right rear, left rear, right front, left front.
  13. Refill the master cylinder reservoir to the MAX (upper) level line.