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1200RT Brake Fluid Change


roundy

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Ok, so I really need to do this on my RT, I can't put it off any longer! Are there any decent guides out there? Also, the part you used to be able to get from BMW to screw into the ABS unit is no longer sold - so what are the alternatives? Or, can someone in the UK lend me one if you have it??

 

Thanks in advance!

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Hi roundy,

I see from your profile you have a 2006 RT so I'm assuming it's the power assist brakes you're wanting to bleed. If that's the case (I also have a 2006) I have several documents I've found that describe the procedure. If you PM me your email I can send them to you.

 

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I have a filler made from a plastic funnel and some self-amalgamating tape (from a Halfords hose-repair kit). I simply wound the tape around the base of the funnel until it was slightly bigger than the top of the reservoir and screwed it in.

 

Ensure you use paper towels around the ABS unit to catch any spillage. Once complete, flush the area liberally with water - this will clear away any residual/spilt brake fluid.

 

As for speed-bleeders, I would council against using them. You can reach all the bleed nipples with ease and I have seen an ABS block with it's corner cracked off by use of speed-bleeders.

 

Andy

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Speed bleeders are definitely one of those love ‘em or hate ‘em things, I’m firmly in the hate ‘em camp. With all the thread leaking challenges with them, they’re more trouble than they’re worth IMHO.

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I have a filler made from a plastic funnel and some self-amalgamating tape (from a Halfords hose-repair kit). I simply wound the tape around the base of the funnel until it was slightly bigger than the top of the reservoir and screwed it in.

 

Ensure you use paper towels around the ABS unit to catch any spillage. Once complete, flush the area liberally with water - this will clear away any residual/spilt brake fluid.

 

As for speed-bleeders, I would council against using them. You can reach all the bleed nipples with ease and I have seen an ABS block with it's corner cracked off by use of speed-bleeders.

 

Andy

 

Thanks for the tip....did you get a funnel that had a similar diameter then...?

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