2003 Ford Taurus Bleed the Brakes

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Ford recommends regular maintenance of your Taurus's braking system every 5,000 miles. Routine maintenance includes checking the brake pads and rotors for wear or damage, filling the master cylinder with brake fluid, and when necessary; bleeding your brake lines. The brake lines should not have air bubbles in the fluid. Air decreases the pressure needed to stop the Taurus when the brake pedal is depressed. With the help of an assistant, you can bleed the Ford Taurus' brakes in under one hour.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
Lug wrench
Jack
Jack stands
Brake bleed kit
10-mm socket wrench
Drip pan
Brake fluid

[edit] Bleed the Brakes

  • Park the Ford on level ground and turn the engine off. Pull the hood release lever on the driver's side of the Taurus, under the dashboard and move to the front of the car. Lift the hood and remove the master cylinder cap located on the right side of the engine in the rear of the engine compartment.
  • Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels with the lug wrench. Lift the rear tires off the ground with the jack. Place jack stands under the rear axles and lower the Taurus onto the stands.
  • Remove the rear wheel lug nuts and take the back wheels off.
  • Place the wrench onto the right rear brake bleed valve. The valve is located midway between the two caliper slide bolts on the back side of the caliper. Place the tube from the bleed kit onto the valve and place a drip pan under the brake to capture the brake fluid.
  • Instruct the assistant to depress the brake pedal. Loosen the valve with the wrench and monitor the flow of brake fluid through the tube. Close the valve once there are no bubbles visible in the stream of fluid. Remove the tube and wrench from the valve. Move to the left rear brake.
  • Place the wrench and tube on the left brake bleed valve. Aim the tube into the drip pan below the brake. Instruct the assistant to resume depressions and open the brake bleed valve. Close the valve when the air is removed.
  • Replace the rear wheels on the rear wheel bolts. Screw on the lug nuts by hand. Lift the back of the Taurus with the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the back end of the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Return to the master cylinder.
  • Place a funnel into the master cylinder reservoir. Fill the container with brake fluid and remove the funnel.
  • Place the jack under the frame in the front of the Ford. Lift the front tires off the ground and rest the Taurus onto the jack stands. Remove the front wheels. Place the wrench and bleed kit tube onto the front right brake bleed valve. Bleed the brake line and move to the left front brake. Repeat the brake pedal depressions and bleed the left front brake line. Remove the wrench and tube from the left front brake bleed valve.
  • Replace the front wheels onto the wheel bolts. Screw on the front wheel lug nuts. Lift the front-end of the vehicle and remove the jack stands. Lower the front tires to the ground and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Move to the master cylinder.
  • Place the funnel into the reservoir and fill the container with brake fluid. Remove the funnel and replace the master cylinder cap. Close the hood.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • The sequence of brake bleeding is important. Start at the brake farthest from the master cylinder and end with the brake closest. Use DOT-3 brake fluid to replenish the master cylinder.
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