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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 04-06-2009, 01:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Haynes service manual tells me to loosen the brake bleeding screw to bleed the lines (the car sat for 2 years, so I know there is terrible moisture build up), but it doesn't tell me where it is. For the life of me, I can't figure it out from the diagram in the manual.

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My Haynes service manual tells me to loosen the brake bleeding screw to bleed the lines (the car sat for 2 years, so I know there is terrible moisture build up), but it doesn't tell me where it is. For the life of me, I can't figure it out from the diagram in the manual.

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They are on each brake caliper, start with the furthest from the brake master cylinder, which would be the passenger rear, then rear driver's side, then front passenger, & last the front drivers....Pressure bleeding is the best way to go.....but you can do it the old 3 to 4 pedal pump, press, & hold.

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to open the bleed screws and re-tighten them I would suggest WD overnight and then using a vice-grip on the outside of the bleed screw on the caliper. Otherwise you run a major risk of stripping the bleed screw and forcing a total replacement situation.....
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