Rear brake job question

I'm replacing the pads and rotors on my 2001 A4 Quattro 2.8 and need to know if I should open the wheel cylinder bleed valve when I reseat the piston.
The Manual says to open the reservior on the master cylinder and nothing about the bleed valve. I always thought you needed to open the bleeder valve with ABS. Will I need to have a VAG-Com tool to reset or cycle any thing. Thanks.
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Well I have tried this so there would be no damage to the hoses while resetting the caliper piston. I just use a tool, like a broom stick, to slightly hold the brake pedal down some. This should stop any flow of fluid back through the system. Then I open the bleeder valve, reset the piston and close the bleeder valve. Remove broom and repeat procedure for other calipers.
Of course add more DOT 4 brake fluid before you drive! ;-) Or you can flush your brake fluid, which would probably be a good thing too! <g>
Is this a safe method?
later, dave Reminder........ Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes. Frieda Norris
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Dennis,
I did mine a few weeks ago.
No need to open the bleed valve.
Just watch out in case the reservoir is already full, as you might spill some as its pushed back into the reservoir (I took some out using a syringe first)
Also you need to use a TOOL to reseat the rear pistons as they are a screw type not a push type (Front are regular push types). There are plenty of aftermarket tools that do this job.
I tried a few things but gave up as the piston was so tight.
HTH
John UK A6Q 2.8
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John West Berks wrote:

cars, as there's a *small* risk of damaging the pump with back pressure if you don't. Given the price of abs pumps, I wouldn't risk not opening the bleed valve if it was me. Never done it on an abs car though.
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I heard the same - the only difference being that I heard the risk of damage was not "small" (!)
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