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Caliper bleed nipple snapped

alex350r Nov 14, 2013

  1. alex350r

    alex350r Member

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    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
     
  2. Cyrix

    Cyrix Member

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    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.
     
  3. alex350r

    alex350r Member

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    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?
     
  4. Cyrix

    Cyrix Member

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    Yep, Done it a couple of times myself on calipers, quite a common problem on most cars.
     
  5. lynallbel

    lynallbel Active Member

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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.
     
  6. sewell10

    sewell10 Member

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    Just bleed it from the flexy it will be fine
     
  7. boost-addict

    boost-addict Active Member

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    was this sarcastic or serious, as it lacks punctuation!
     

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