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Old 04-06-2004, 11:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HI THERE, I HAVE A 95 M3 AND ONLY ONCE HAS THE BRAKE FLUID BEEN CHANGED ABOUT 5 YRS AGO. I WANT TO CHANGE IT BUT I HAVE NOT MESSED WITH BRAKE BLEEDING ON ABS CARS. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ITS THE SAME OR NOT AND WHAT TYPE AND BRAND OF FLUID IS BEST.

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Old 04-06-2004, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally would take it to a dealer and let them do it.
1. Costs more, but you know you get the job done right
2. Warranty
3. You don't have to deal with crooked mechanics that rip people off for a living
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Old 04-07-2004, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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HI THERE,* I HAVE A 95 M3 AND ONLY ONCE HAS THE BRAKE FLUID BEEN CHANGED ABOUT 5 YRS AGO.* I WANT TO CHANGE IT BUT I HAVE NOT MESSED WITH BRAKE BLEEDING ON ABS CARS.* PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ITS THE SAME OR NOT AND WHAT TYPE AND BRAND OF FLUID IS BEST.

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YES YOU CAN DO IT QUITE THE SAME, BUT BENTLEY ALSO RECOMMENDS USING A PRESSURE BLEEDER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE A HELPER. IF YOU NEED A WRITEUP THERE IS ONE HERE.

5 YEARS IS A VERY LONG TIME. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALSO FLUSH YOUR CLUTCH SLAVE, WHICH SHARES FLUID WITHE THE BRAKE SYSTEM. IT ONLY ADDS ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO THE BRAKE PROCEDURE, AS YOU WILL ALREADY HAVE THE PRESSURIZER HOOKED UP. IT ISN'T AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS TEDIOUS.

A POPULAR FLUID IS ATE SUPERBLUE. SOME PEOPLE RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALTERNATE THE COLOR OF THE FLUID WITH EACH CHANGE (ATE COMES IN TWO COLORS), SO WHEN THE NEW FLUID STARTS TO APPEAR IN YOUR CLEAR BLEEDING LINE, YOU KNOW THAT LINE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY FLUSHED.
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I personally would take it to a dealer and let them do it.
1. Costs more, but you know you get the job done right
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3. You don't have to deal with crooked mechanics that rip people off for a living
Yeah, exactly what M3Rider says. I had to change my brake fluids in my 95 323i. i just went to a mechanic, its easier than doing it yourself, only you have to pay for it.
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Originally posted by DesmoBob+Apr 7 2004, 05:02 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (DesmoBob @ Apr 7 2004, 05:02 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-pbatarse@Apr 6 2004, 08:07 PM
HI THERE,* I HAVE A 95 M3 AND ONLY ONCE HAS THE BRAKE FLUID BEEN CHANGED ABOUT 5 YRS AGO.* I WANT TO CHANGE IT BUT I HAVE NOT MESSED WITH BRAKE BLEEDING ON ABS CARS.* PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ITS THE SAME OR NOT AND WHAT TYPE AND BRAND OF FLUID IS BEST.

YOUR HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED,

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YES YOU CAN DO IT QUITE THE SAME, BUT BENTLEY ALSO RECOMMENDS USING A PRESSURE BLEEDER, EVEN IF YOU HAVE A HELPER. IF YOU NEED A WRITEUP THERE IS ONE HERE.

5 YEARS IS A VERY LONG TIME. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU ALSO FLUSH YOUR CLUTCH SLAVE, WHICH SHARES FLUID WITHE THE BRAKE SYSTEM. IT ONLY ADDS ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO THE BRAKE PROCEDURE, AS YOU WILL ALREADY HAVE THE PRESSURIZER HOOKED UP. IT ISN'T AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS TEDIOUS.

A POPULAR FLUID IS ATE SUPERBLUE. SOME PEOPLE RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALTERNATE THE COLOR OF THE FLUID WITH EACH CHANGE (ATE COMES IN TWO COLORS), SO WHEN THE NEW FLUID STARTS TO APPEAR IN YOUR CLEAR BLEEDING LINE, YOU KNOW THAT LINE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY FLUSHED.
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X'cellente! thanks for the info!!
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The power bleaders are awesome, really easy to do yourself and probably less $$$ than the dealer. If you've got experience with non-abs brakes you'll probably find it to be really easy. Plus once you buy the power bleader you can change the fluid anytime you want.
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