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    Caliper bleed nipple snapped

    Hi Guys,

    My A4 is currently in my local Audi garage getting MOT'd and they've informed me that the bleed nipple has snapped off on one of the calipers :-(. They mentioned last time that it had cracked so it's obviously bit the dust. Never had one crack or snap on any of my cars before - very odd.

    Anyhow in terms of getting it replaced Audi are probably going to want me to pay for a new caliper which will be god only knows how much. I'm guessing my best option is sourcing a decent used replacement? And if I can source one will Audi fit second hand parts that you supply? The reason I ask is i'm trying to keep my Audi service history for now as the car has only done 75k and I expect the balance shaft failure at some point. I took out a warranty to cover it and this covers me to get the repair work done at Audi which i'd prefer.

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    Alex

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex350r View Post
    Hi Guys,

    My A4 is currently in my local Audi garage getting MOT'd and they've informed me that the bleed nipple has snapped off on one of the calipers :-(. They mentioned last time that it had cracked so it's obviously bit the dust. Never had one crack or snap on any of my cars before - very odd.

    Anyhow in terms of getting it replaced Audi are probably going to want me to pay for a new caliper which will be god only knows how much. I'm guessing my best option is sourcing a decent used replacement? And if I can source one will Audi fit second hand parts that you supply? The reason I ask is i'm trying to keep my Audi service history for now as the car has only done 75k and I expect the balance shaft failure at some point. I took out a warranty to cover it and this covers me to get the repair work done at Audi which i'd prefer.

    Cheers

    Alex
    Not a chance Audi will fit anything not supplied new by them.

    A new recon caliper will be in the region of £75-100, most if not all indy garages will be able to remove the bleed nipple by way of a stud extractor. Not sure if Audi would do this, they are just fitters not mechanics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrix View Post
    Not a chance Audi will fit anything not supplied new by them.

    A new recon caliper will be in the region of £75-100, most if not all indy garages will be able to remove the bleed nipple by way of a stud extractor. Not sure if Audi would do this, they are just fitters not mechanics.
    Ok thanks - I use a local VAG specialist for my wife's car so will probably use them. I take it if they can remove the bleed nipple they will just fit a replacement saving the need for a whole new caliper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex350r View Post
    Ok thanks - I use a local VAG specialist for my wife's car so will probably use them. I take it if they can remove the bleed nipple they will just fit a replacement saving the need for a whole new caliper?
    Yep, Done it a couple of times myself on calipers, quite a common problem on most cars.

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    Some bleed nipples are almost impossible to remove when seized, very easy to drill to far down and damage the tapered seat, what about a recon caliper fitted by any local garage.
    Good tip is to always use caliper nipple covers and always put a little grease into the covers when fitting them.

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    Just bleed it from the flexy it will be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewell10 View Post
    Just bleed it from the flexy it will be fine
    was this sarcastic or serious, as it lacks punctuation!

 

 

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