Jaguar 2000-06

Bleeding the Brake System


Brake Fluid contains polyglycol ethers and polyglycols. Avoid contact with the eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. If brake fluid contacts the eyes, flush the eyes for 15 minutes with cold running water. Get medical attention if irritation persists. If taken internally, drink water and induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. Failure to follow these instructions can result in personal injury.

Make sure that the vehicle is standing on a level surface or supported on a wheel free lift.

If brake fluid is spilt on the paintwork, the affected areas must be immediately washed down with cold water.

Make sure that the filler cap does not become contaminated.

The system consists of separate circuits for each front and diagonally opposite rear wheel. Each front to rear circuit and each wheel circuit can be bled individually of each other.

The service ABS hydraulic control unit is supplied pre-filled with brake fluid. Therefore, a conventional bleed procedure should be adequate to remove all the air from the brake system.

  1. Remove the master cylinder reservoir filler cap.
  3. Fill up the master cylinder reservoir to the MAX mark as necessary.
  5. Install a bleed tube to the rear right-hand brake caliper bleed nipple.
  7. Bleed the circuit by performing the following:

    Make sure the bleed tube is firmly attached to the bleed nipple.
    Submerge the end of the bleed tube in a bleed jar containing a small quantity of approved brake fluid.
    Position the bleed jar base at least 300 mm above the bleed nipple to maintain fluid pressure and prevent air leaking past the bleed nipple threads.
    Open the bleed nipple half a turn.
    Slowly apply the brake pedal to its maximum travel (this forces brake fluid into the bleed jar).
    Close the bleed nipple.
    Return the brake pedal to the rest position.
    Wait 2 seconds to allow the brake fluid to replenish the system.
    Fill up the master cylinder reservoir to the MAX mark as necessary.
    Continue to bleed the circuit until air-free brake fluid is pumped into the jar.
    Fully tighten the bleed nipple.

  9. Repeat the procedure for the rear left, front right and front left-hand brake circuits.
  11. Fill up the master cylinder reservoir to the MAX mark.
  13. Install the master cylinder reservoir cap.