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    Hi,

    Im going to change the front pads on my Vec, reading the how to it seems straight forward. Question I have is in the past ive always been told to take the cap of the brake res but the how to doesnt mention this? does it need to be done or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welsh_J_2000 View Post
    does it need to be done or not?
    Yes
    Not sure why it would not be mentioned

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    There will be people who say yes or no. I changed mine without releasing the cap and it wasn't a problem. It is meant to make it easier though.

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    Makes it easier when pushing back the piston

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc vectra sri View Post
    Makes it easier when pushing back the piston
    With the cap on or off Marc?

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    I've never taken the cap off the reservoir when changing brakes and I've probably changed 5000+ sets

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    You need to take the cap off -to release the pressure created when you force the pistons back to make room for the new thicker pads - watch out for brake fluid overflowing from the master cylinder reservoir as well - best wrapping a piece of rag around the neck of the reservoir to catch it

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    There must be a very small bleed hole in the caps, otherwise you would end up creating a vaccum in the resevoir when the pads were worn and the calipers need more fluid behind the pistons??

    Personally I would leave the cap on.

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    All the caps "breathe" thus the reason you change your brake fluid as moisture from the air gets into the brake fluid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welsh_J_2000

    With the cap on or off Marc?
    Yer but others have said there no real point my mate had a rattle from his tool his wheel off pushed the caliper right back removed the caliper found the fault and put everything back and pumped the pedal

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