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Old 09-28-2004, 07:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like to flush my brake fluid myself (I have a pressure bleeder reservoir), however in the Bentley manual it states that "E46 cars require special BMW service equipment to properly bleed ABS/DSC off reservior and connect BMW diagnosis and info system to 16 pin DLC/OBD II, call up service function; bleeding...attach bleed hose and allow bleeding procedure to cycle hydraulic control module valves with bleed screw open."

Does anyone know why I couldn't bleed the brakes without the stealership equipment? A local service expert told me to just disconnect the battery while bleeding. Should I have any concerns?
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When you are at the final bleeder and you are finished bleeding tip the Pressure bleeder so that the pick up hose is not picking up any more fluid.
This will allow the Brake master cylinder to drop to the Max line.
When it does tighten the bleeder valve.
Your done.
Also make sure you de-pressurize the Pressure bleeder before you untighten the Master Cylinder hook up, Or else you will have Brake fluid everywhere.
The way you do it is slowly unscrew the top on the Motive pressure bleeder.
Also pressurize the unit no more than 15psi, more than enough.
I did my 97 318i and my 2001 330i with no problems.
Worked perfectly, no lights on the dash.
Infact corrected brake lights on the dash.
Good luck!
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks. I already have the pressure bleeder, was wondering about the statement in the Bentley manual about needing the service tool to cycle the hyrdaulic control module.
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well if you want to get all the fluid out maybe that might be correct.
However you will get 85% of the fluid out, and you will be using brand new fluid.
Probably better than a 100% flush at the dealer with whatever they have in their machine.
When you DIY you know exactly what you are putting in the system, when you let the dealer do it you don't know what the hell they did.
They might not even have bled the brakes yet charged you.
You know what I mean.
Better 85% fluid change at 100% new fluid
Than 100% fluid change with 50% crap or not even a change and you have it on your bill!
You know what I mean.
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