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Brake and clutch fluid change help

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by pj123, May 8, 2011.

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    About to change my brake/clutch fluid using old school method of pressing pedal

    - Does this work for the clutch bleed too, pressing clutch pedal etc or do i need a bleed kit for this?
    - Does the flow of new fluid through the master cylinder mean that i dont need to bleed the mc and if it does need doing can this be done by the pedal method? Scared of touching the mc!
    - Do i need to cycle the ABS via vagcom or not?

    Been searching the forum and cant seem to find the answers....

    Paul
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    Your best of getting the pressure bleeder kit so you cant flip the seals in the MC No need to cycle the ABS
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    Do i need to bleed the MC or does the flow of new fluid through it change the fluid in there?
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    Dane Faster than a V12 Q7

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    you'll probably have to bleed the mc.
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    I didnt have to when I did mine with a pressure bleeder a few weeks ago.
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    The point at which you know whether your going to have to bleed the mc is when you start the car after doing the corners. If your happy with the pedal feel theres no need, but if it goes straight to the floor then bleeding the MC is a good idea.

    When my brakes were done at Bills the MC wasn't done to begin with as Tuffty hadn't needed to do his last time IIRC, but mine did need it, so just play it by ear :)
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    A3Tom Smell my finger.

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    I accept that I may have been a lucky sod by avoiding having to do it.

    Luckily once all the dirty bubble filled old fluid was ran out of the system it was spot on. I nearly went through the windscreen the first time I tested it :)
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    Haha nice one! It's nice to have brakes that work properly isn't it! Once Bill sorted mine out it made such a big difference.
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    Mine where shagged, so a new caliper, some fresh fluid and S3 carriers and discs and its back on form :)

    They must have got **** over a long period of time.... so I didnt notice it that much until the pedal was juddering like mad.
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