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    hiya i am new to here and have had a good look about. i am trying to change my back pads and disks. yesterday i jacked up my car and took wheels off and dismantled the brakes. but i spent most of yesterday and all of today going round aberdeen trying to get a piston rewind tool. i bought 3 all of which don't fit. so this afternoon i made my own. but i am yet to try it. the question i have is, do i have to clamp the brake fluid hose and open bleed nipple once i start screwing piston back in ? or do i just open reservoircap and start screwing piston back in ?
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    I just opened resevoir cap and used fine nosed pliers.

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    ok its all back together again lol. now i got to drive to work. am 5 hours late. and wasted all weekend looking for a windup tool that fitted yet took me only 5 mins to make the bit that fitted. i let ya know how breaks go. thanks

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    clamp the hose, fit a one man brake bleed kit to the nipple and loosen the nut off, the bleed kits worth everyone of the £5 it costs from halfords, stops air going in and means you can see when the oil comes out so you can see you efforts working. makes winding the piston in alot easier this way, I used this method and long nosed pliers, and a small headed 10mm spanner for the bleed nipple and it took only 5 minutes to wind the piston back,

    I thought that pushing the fluid back through the system was bad news for the abs unit, hence why the book says you clamp and bleed the excess out the nipple. I might be wrong but the above is the haynes suggested method, it worked fine for me.

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    I've never clamped and released the brake fluid. Unless you are a handfisted baffoon there really shouldn't be any issues. Also, no need to bleed the brakes afterwards and no need to replenish the lost fluid.

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