How to Bleed the Brakes on a '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1.

Park the Jeep Grand Cherokee on a flat section of road or driveway. Place the transmission in "park" and apply the parking brake.

2.

Lift the hood of the vehicle and retrieve the spare tire from beneath the cargo area in the rear of the Jeep.

3.

Remove the master cylinder cap. Connect the bleed kit hose to the spare tire filler nozzle and master cylinder reservoir opening.

4.

Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels with the tire iron.

5.

Lift the Jeep by placing the lifting jack beneath the frame at the back of the vehicle. Place jack stands under the frame to support the Jeep.

6.

Remove the lug nuts and pull the rear wheels from the vehicle.

7.

Place the 10 mm wrench and then the clear tube from the brake bleed kit onto the right rear brake bleed valve. The valve is located on the backside of the brake caliper, between the caliper bolts. Place the drip pan below the tube to catch the fluid that will be expelled from the valve.

8.

Turn the wrench to open the valve. Monitor the flow of fluid through the tube. Close the valve with the wrench when the bubbles are no longer present in the stream of brake fluid.

9.

Remove the tubing and wrench.

10.

Place the wrench on the left rear brake bleed valve. Connect the tubing to the valve and place the drip pan below.

11.

Open the valve and close it again when the bubbles are no longer visible in the stream. Remove the tubing and wrench from the bleed valve.

12.

Return the rear wheels and lug nuts. Lift the Jeep to remove the jack stands before lowering the rear tires to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

13.

Lift the front of the vehicle and support it with the jack stands. Remove the lug nuts front wheels.

14.

Place the wrench and tubing on the front right brake bleed valve.

15.

Follow the same procedures for bleeding the right front and finally the left front brake lines.

16.

Remove the tubing and wrench before returning the front wheels and lug nuts to the Jeep.

17.

Remove the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.

18.

Remove the bleed kit hose from the master cylinder and spare tire.

19.

Fill the master cylinder reservoir with brake fluid and replace the cap. Close the hood and return the spare tire to the compartment in the rear cargo area of the Jeep.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use DOT-3 brake fluid to fill the Jeep's master cylinder. Check the pressure of the spare tire and fill it to the proper level for future use.
  • Dispose of the brake fluid properly.
  • Bleeding the brakes of the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee is an essential part of proper vehicle maintenance. The brake fluid is responsible for pressing the brake pads against the rotors to slow and eventually stop the Jeep during braking. The fluid itself is incompressible so that when the brake pedal is depressed, the operation works consistently and without hesitation. Air in the brake lines leaves room for the pressure in the brake lines to decrease, causing the brakes to respond in an inconsistent manner which could lead to dangerous results. Bleed the brake lines of the Jeep whenever brake response seems sluggish or every two years as part of routine vehicle maintenance.