Having the right tool for any job often results in a successful completion of the task, and it can often save time as well, which can translate into more free time and/or more money. A tool that offers both of those attributes and saves you from asking for assistance—well, now that is like hitting the lottery. And that’s exactly what you get with Motive Products hydraulic brakes and clutch pressure bleeder.
Bleeding brakes is often a necessary part of a brake job, and it is usually recommended to change the fluid regularly, too. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it absorbs water, and water in the system lowers the fluid’s boiling point and also contributes to corrosion. For these reasons, it’s important to flush the brake system. Air and water in a brake system can result in poorly performing brakes and a spongy pedal feel, and those were symptoms that we saw in the WRX.
Unfortunately, the task of bleeding brakes often requires a partner—usually your spouse or child—to get in the car and perform the “pump it up…hold it down” exercise. And that’s exactly what it is—an exercise—as many of us are familiar with the lactic acid build up in the quadriceps that accompanies the process.
A power bleeder like this one from Motive Products removes all of that. No more extra person to help, no more leg presses, and a quicker completion of the task are all benefits to using the device.
Motive Products offers a number Power Bleeder kits to fit all sorts of vehicles. They also offer options with composite reservoir lids or longer-lasting aluminum versions at a slightly higher price. The company also sells most of the reservoir caps individually should you need to add one to your present kit. And the fun doesn’t stop at the brakes, because you can use these kits to bleed your hydraulic clutch system as well.
With our subject Subaru WRX, we’ve been blessed with exceptional brake pad wear and have only had to change the pads and rotors a few times in its 218,000-miles of service. That said, we’ve never flushed the brake fluid in all that time, so it was long overdue as you’ll see from the photos. Using the Motive Products Power Bleeder made it easier to stay on top of that in the future, with a quick, no-mess process.