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Bleeding the brakes on a 1999 Saab 9-5.


  • DOT4 brake fluid: 900 ml or 1 quart;
  • brake bleeder;
  • 17 mm socket: wheel bolts;
  • 11 mm wrench: bleeder screws;
  • torque wrench;
  • car jack and stands.
Jacked up

Raise the car and secure it on jack stands.
Wheel off

Take off the front left wheel.
Old fluid

Open the brake reservoir cap and extract the old fluid.
New fluid

Fill the reservoir with fresh fluid.

Pour the rest of the fluid into the bleeder and attach it to the reservoir. Pump the bleeder to the desired pressure. Continue to monitor the pressure during the bleeding process and pump more as needed. Also see that the bleeded does not run out of fresh fluid.

Connect a tube to the bleeder nipple on the front left wheel and loosen the nipple screw until the fluid starts to flow. The oil fluid will be dark and murky. Drain until you see the fresh clean fluid coming out, and there are no more bubbles in the stream. 200 ml is usually enough.

Tighten the nipple on the first caliper and move to the rear right wheel. Then do the right front, and finally the rear left.

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