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When compressing the front brake calipers do you need to relieve the pressure by releasing the bleeder valve or can you just compress piston in slowly so you won't damage the release valve on the abs?

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No you dont have to open bleeder,you will not mess anything up i do it all day long, the reason for opening the bleeder is so they say you dont push debris from caliper into abs, but every time you step on the brake and release it fluid is flow in and out of abs, if you feel better by opening bleeder go ahead youll just have to bleed brakes when your done , good luck, hope this is helpful.

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You can compresse the calipor without opening the bleeder but you have to take the cap off the master cylinder before doing so, and put the piston in slow

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No..and you shouldnt you can get air in the system that way
press it in slowly

there is no "release valve" to damage.

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Sorry you cant change pads ,its a dealer only job so the computer releases the abs.If you attempt to change the pads by releasing the bleed screw then the computer senses it and cuts in with the factory immobilisor .If you disconnect the battery to stoip this it will still immobilise .DEALER ONLY

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