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Old 10-06-2012   #1
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Brake Bleeding

is it best to bleed the brake system with the engine running (for full vacuum) or with it off, bearing in mind i've had to remove the ABS Pump etc due to changing the servo
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Re: Brake Bleeding

I don't think it matters, you can bleed it with the engine off. As you've had the ABS pump off, you should connect FES up so as you can open up the individual ABS valves to properly bleed the system, though this is standard practice anyway.
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Re: Brake Bleeding

I would use FES but when I tried to connect my abs to fes it mucked up the body computer, that's why I was asking about running the engine
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Re: Brake Bleeding

Don't think it'll make a difference running the engine, you'll need to open the ABS valves to properly bleed the brakes regardless, don't think you can do that without FES :s
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It's pretty oldschool. If you get a brake bleed kit (like Gunsons one-man Eezibleed) it's just plug on and bleed each nipple in turn. Don't have to have engine running, or a computer hooked up.
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Re: Brake Bleeding

Mort, I've got my own home made bleed kit, works a treat too
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Mort, I've got my own home made bleed kit, works a treat too
Great! I was making my own earlier too, but had to leave it, as the strutbrace got in the way for the plug above the reservoir. Gunson's had a perfect pre-fit so that kit made my day.
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UPDATE, had the engine running while bleeding the brakes (to make sure abs pump worked and also to charge the battery) brake is now nice and hard, straight away the car was booked in for an mot, just waiting until tomorrow to find out if it passes
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finally got some good news

Checked online this morning at the status of my stilo's MOT, as we never got a call to say it was ready, and it passed, woohoo,

brakes all round, New caliper on back, New brake servo and master cylinder, rear axle bushes and a couple of new brake pipes,

so all in all, I'm a happy stilo owner again!!
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