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Almost done. Now we need to bleed the brakes.

If you can't remember the last time you did a full flush, it probably needs to be done. The service manual says every 60,000 miles or every two years.

The front lines had drained out on their own since the calipers were off. I then used a turkey baster to remove the excess fluid in the reservoir.

Finally, I used a pressure bleeder to bleed out the rear calipers. You can buy these from eeuroparts.com and it is well worth the money. It works on every model SAAB.

Bleeding is a straight-forward process with the 9-5.

Using a good pressure bleeder and having all 4 corners off the ground makes this process much easier.

I use a clear hose and an old oil bottle to catch the fluid coming out of the bleeder nipple. This helps you see if any air bubbles are coming out of the caliper.

Open one bleeder screw at a time and close it once fluid starts to flow. Then go back again and repeat the process until the air bubbles disappear.

If the pedal does not stiffen up a couple rounds of bleeding, you may want to wait a day and then bleed the brakes again. Sometimes the smaller air bubbles need time to settle and combine into bigger ones.

Bleed the brakes in the following order.

  • Right-hand front brake
  • Left-hand rear brake
  • Left-hand front brake
  • Right-hand rear brake

  • I do not have a manual car, so I'm not sure about the bleeding process for the clutch.

    The last step is to bed in the new pads and rotors.

    Every manufacturer has their own process, but the concept is virtually the same. You want to heat the brakes up by braking harder and harder until you can smell the brakes in the car. It should take about 5-10 increasingly hard 60-0 stops before you can smell them in the car. The last attempt should almost be a panic stop. Once you can smell them, drive for another 5 miles to let them cool down.

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