My Partners 1997 E36 323i has failed the MOT on brake pipes (N.Ireland,
so they don't do repairs). 3/4 wheels are affected, so we need the lot
According to my Bentley manual it says needs specialist equipment at
the dealer to bleed the brakes on the ABS/AST system. It mentions using
pressure bleeding for a non-abs car but again strongly says this cannot
be used on a car with ABS/AST.
Is this correct, is this a dealer only job?
I don't understand why this should affect bleeding, its not a problem in
my ABS Volvo. It doesn't really make sense except to keep you to the
dealer. One service centre I tried says it doesn't need any special
equipment, and at least one poster agrees so far.
MOTs are gov't run test-only facilities over here, because the motor
trade could not be trusted to issue certs. I guess this is due to a
large amount of shady characters involved in the business. I have
always felt when 'discussing' a job with a non-dealer mechanic here, one
should not take any complaint too far. Hence I have usually done my own
repairs and servicing.
And they are both correct. I have the same ABS/ASC system and
have always bled my system myself, as I would with any other car.
No problems whatever. Go to it and stop worrying. And it does
make things easier if you don't let the reservoir go empty, as
stated by another poster.
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