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iammooks

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Do you have a scanner that can do a abs pump bleed I did it on mine as I had no easy bleed and I was on my own with just a bleed bottle I started with the rear right then rear left then front left then front right then left it for a bit tried the pedal to see if any air in system there was so did the front master cylinder bleed nipple then the back one then I used the snap on scanner to do a and pump bleed and all was fine the pedal was spot on


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Starting to think that's what I might need. It's confusing because there's so much conflicting information out there, but what made the biggest difference so far was bleeding the master cylinder. The front bleed nipple was really effective - got a lot of air out of that one, but access to the back one is really, really difficult. I might try getting some longer clear hose so I can get as much air out of them both as I can - the Eezibleed supplied hose just isn't long enough to get on the master cylinder without brake fluid pouring out of the bottle, since you have to put it on its side.

Was the car driveable/safe before you did the ABS pump? I'm at my parents in Dorset right now (big driveway) but I live in Brighton, so would probably try and get it done there next week if I have to go to a specialist.


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Yellow fr

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Starting to think that's what I might need. It's confusing because there's so much conflicting information out there, but what made the biggest difference so far was bleeding the master cylinder. The front bleed nipple was really effective - got a lot of air out of that one, but access to the back one is really, really difficult. I might try getting some longer clear hose so I can get as much air out of them both as I can - the Eezibleed supplied hose just isn't long enough to get on the master cylinder without brake fluid pouring out of the bottle, since you have to put it on its side.

Was the car driveable/safe before you did the ABS pump? I'm at my parents in Dorset right now (big driveway) but I live in Brighton, so would probably try and get it done there next week if I have to go to a specialist.


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It was but not advise able for a long journey as my pedal has to much travel
Eazibleed are good but you can’t beat a two person bleed one on the pedal and one opening the bleed nipples and a Final pump up and hold and open the bleed nipple to see if any air comes out


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bruceR

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It was but not advise able for a long journey as my pedal has to much travel
Eazibleed are good but you can’t beat a two person bleed one on the pedal and one opening the bleed nipples and a Final pump up and hold and open the bleed nipple to see if any air comes out


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The pedal pumping method is not advisable on these due to the probable chance of rolling and damaging the master cylinder seals


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Rich.T

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Clear bottle 1/4 full of brake fluid. Have some hose attached to the bleed nipple with the other end in the brake fluid.
Crack the nipple off and wait for the bubbles to stop.
Coffee in hand, whilst watching.

Always worked fir me.

Rich

P.S reservoir cap off.
 

Connor H

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Dec 19, 2019
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Took my front shocks out and apart greased it all up and impact gunned it back together, think I’ve cured the knocking noise now. Also shorted my drop links 10mm.


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Yellow fr

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The pedal pumping method is not advisable on these due to the probable chance of rolling and damaging the master cylinder seals


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I’ve done this a good few times with replacement off front brakes and bleed change off rear calipers plus bleed replacement off rear brake pipes and even a clutch all bleed with just me and a bottle and a pipe never had a issue


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Dazzalcr

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Well the other day I fixed the common door seal leak on drivers door, and after a night of rain the sills this morning were dry yeah! Now I just need to save to get the car resprayed again, it looks good till you look into it then you see different shades of colour almost on every panel and prep scratches under the paint work, he's response heat reaction if ur going to make an excuse for poor work come up with something better grrr! So 1 small step forward to 1 big jump backwards sadly.
 

g60stu

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Replaced my valve cover gasket. I had visions of it being a fiddly job, but it all went pretty smoothly.
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Biggest pain in the bum was getting the cambelt cover back on. Whilst doing that I found this item near the engine mount. What the hell is it?? Too short to be the cambelt!!:ROFLMAO: Is it some sort of hose tidy?
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Nathan penney

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Replaced my valve cover gasket. I had visions of it being a fiddly job, but it all went pretty smoothly.
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Biggest pain in the bum was getting the cambelt cover back on. Whilst doing that I found this item near the engine mount. What the hell is it?? Too short to be the cambelt!!:ROFLMAO: Is it some sort of hose tidy?
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I’ve no idea what it is.
Check one of your kids toy caterpillar diggers Is not missing one of its treads. 😂
 
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Thai-wronghorse

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Dec 3, 2015
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That piece of rubber usually wraps around the the AC line on the offside chassis leg to stop chaffing.
If I remember correctly there's also another one on one of the power steering lines as well.

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iammooks

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It's been quite a day.

Tried the Eezibleed with an extra rubber washer in the cap and the reservoir's no longer overflowing when I shut off the nipples, and the level is staying the same. Had a look at the nearside rear caliper though, and it's leaking from the nipple. Turns out the threads are shot and even though the nipple was screwed in tight, there was no way it was going to hold pressure.

Ordered a replacement caliper from Euros and went to pick it up. Turns out it was an offside rear in a nearside rear box, and they can't get a replacement in until tomorrow.

Sometimes you just want to cry.

I've sprayed PlusGas into the threads and I'm going to crack the bolts on the caliper mounts so I can be as quick as possible changing things over when I get the right (or should I say, left) caliper tomorrow, but I suppose the takeaway from all this has been that to get the feel in the brakes that I was getting - which is pretty firm - once I replace the caliper, things should all come together pretty well.

Someone once told me that the Leon calipers are made of cheese, and I never really got what they were saying. Now I do.
 

Yellow fr

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When you fit the new caliper and bleed it I would do what I do every time I fit a new caliper as most off the time you get a bit off air stuck in the caliper
Remove the caliper from carrier put the caliper tool on put the bleed bottle on the nipple open the nipple and turn the piston back in and look for air coming out once back shut the nipple remove tool refit caliper pump the brake pedal redo if you was getting a bit off air out if none was coming out just tighten the caliper back up and refit wheel and top up the brake fluid level
I always do it two or three times


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Alexis27

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Replaced my valve cover gasket. I had visions of it being a fiddly job, but it all went pretty smoothly.
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Biggest pain in the bum was getting the cambelt cover back on. Whilst doing that I found this item near the engine mount. What the hell is it?? Too short to be the cambelt!!:ROFLMAO: Is it some sort of hose tidy?
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I'm getting mine done tomorrow because it's weeping oil. Did you have any particular symptoms?
 

g60stu

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I'm getting mine done tomorrow because it's weeping oil. Did you have any particular symptoms?
Yep, oil drips on my driveway. It was leaking out of this halfmoon section and rear corner on the right hand side of the valve cover. Oil all over the gearbox and undertray.
This photo was after I had cleaned it up and the day after had literally moved the car on the driveway for 30 seconds.
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Annoying because I had this gasket done by a specialist last year. I'll be keeping a close eye on mine for a few months.
 

vwbassett

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Took my front shocks out and apart greased it all up and impact gunned it back together, think I’ve cured the knocking noise now. Also shorted my drop links 10mm.


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Hope you didn't impact gun the top strut bolt. I've heard this can ruin the internal seals.

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