BMW Brake Bleeding Instructions

BMW Brake Bleeding Procedure
Published by YOUCANIC Automotive Experts 
Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 

If your BMW brake pedal is soft when you press it there is a good chance that air is trapped in the brake system. Only brake fluid should be in the brake lines and caliper. If air gets into your BMW brake system it can cause braking issues. BMW brake fluid doe snot compress, while air does. Thus any air in your BMW brake lines will make your brake pedal soft and your braking less efficient. 

In this guide, we will go over how to bleed BMW brakes. Note that the instructions on this guide apply to all BMW vehicles including 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, X1, X3, X5, Z3, Z4 series. Always remember to check the brake pads and the brake fluid level when bleeding the brakes. 

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Symptoms

  • BMW brakes soft when pressing brake pedal
  • Spongy brake pad feeling
  • BMW brake pedal sinks to the floor
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What you will need

Tip: Using a pressure bleeder is another option you can use to bleed your BMW brakes. 

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BMW Brake Bleeding Instructions  

The following videos show you how to manually bleed BMW brakes using the bleed valve at each brake caliper. 

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Procedure Bleed BMW Brake via Bleed Valve 

  1. Loosen your wheel lug nuts, secure and jack up the car. Remove the wheel. bleed bmw brakes

     

  2. Locate the brake bleeder screw behind the brake caliper. bmw brake bleed screw

     

  3. Connect a clear hose or place a small container near the bleed screw. Brake fluid will squirt from the tips of the bleed screw.
  4. Have a friend press the brake pedal and keep it pressed.
  5. While your friend is holding down on the brake pedal, use a brake bleeder wrench or a combination wrench to loosen the bleed screw. Wait until brake fluid comes out then tighten the screw. Tighten the bleed screw before your friend releases the brake pedal.
  6. Have the friend pump the brake pedal a few times, then keep the brake pedal pressed. 
  7. Loosen the brake screw and wait a few moments for brake fluid to come out. Tighten the bleed screw while your friends continues to hold the brake pedal down.
  8. Repeat this procedure for all the brake calipers. 
  9. Check the brake fluid and add BMW Brake Fluid if the level is below the MIN mark.
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Bleed BMW DSC Pump

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If your BMW brakes continue to feel soft (mushy) the next step would be to bleed the DSC pump. To do so you will need to use a scanner that is able to activate the DSC motor and bleed the system. 

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Instructions

These steps will vary depending on the scanner that you are using. 

  1. Connect your scanner to the OBD-II port under the dashboard. 
  2. Turn on the ignition. 
  3. Select your BMW model.
  4. Go to Body and select Dynamic Stability Contol or (DSC)
  5. Call up ECU functions or Adaptations
  6. Perform DSC Pump Motor activation / Brake Bleeding. 

Rheingold ISTA/D + ISTA/P 

  1. Connect ISTA/D to your BMW and load the software.
  2. Select Vehicle Management in the upper bar.
  3. Select Service Function.
  4. Select Chassis and Suspension
  5. Traction Control
  6. Brake Bleeding Routine
  7. Press Start on the bottom right.

Once you complete BMW brake bleeding procedure your brakes should feel much firmer. Monitor the brake fluid level in the next few days and make sure that you are not losing any brake fluid

How did your brakes feel after performing brake bleeding? Use the comments section below to let us know.

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DIY Cost
0 - $20
Mechanic
$85 - $110
Dealer
$105 - $160