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    Default Clutch / brake bleeding, Vectra C, F40

    Hey guys, I want to replace my brake fluid in both cars, including the clutches. This is what I've planned:

    - Use a Gunson Eezibleed @ maximum 20 psi.
    - ATE typ 200 fluid.
    - Fill the reservoir to the top, above max level.
    - Force the caliper pistons fully back into each caliper with bleeding nipples open.

    A thing that worries me is the plastic nipple on the likewise plastic "clutch actuator hose pipe elbow", those seem very brittle. Apparently I can get a new one for £16, should I buy one beforehand or am I being overly cautious? Don't know if I have a metal nipple that fits if the plastic one breaks, probably not.

    Also, does it matter if I bleed the clutch or the brakes first?

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    Yesterday I changed the fliud on my Sons Astra VXR.
    The fronts push in,the rears wind in.
    The Eezi bleed was a godsend. 20 minute job. It took longer to ensure all the bleed nipples werent seized. I used a deep 1/4 drive socket and wd40,opening and closing the thread incrementaly unitl its smooth wind in and out ,spraying wd as I do it. An old towel helps to keep things clean.Then an open ended spanner to close them down. I left the eezibleed working whilst i closed the system down. Wastes a small amount of fluid but theres no chance of any air entering the system.
    I use a turkey baster as a pipette to take the old fluid out of the master cylinder. New dot 4 went in and ****ty brown stuff came out.
    If your worried about the plastic nipple then go and get one just in case...
    Which one you bleed first?..IMHO the choice is yours. Brakes I always do opposite corners starting with the one furthest away from the master cylinder.
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    Thanks nikroc, yeah, as long as the bleed nipples don't brake I should be fine. Will order that clutch elbow part too to be safe and keep the system pressurized until closed as you did.

    Regarding the order it doesn't seem important when it comes to the brakes (because of the ABS unit?) but I'm not sure if I should begin with the clutch or the brakes. Since the clutch requires a full reservoir I think I'll begin with it and then drain to the correct level when the brakes are done.

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    actually the clutch should be done last it is the shortest one in the complete fluid circuit and the fluid is taken from a higher point than the brakes.... so if you are doing it to replace the brake fluid start with the longest line as suggested by @nikroc and do the clutch last. Also the ABS pump doesn't change the way of bleeding as when the contact isn't switched on the valves in the pump are set to their default open position.

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    Got it, I will follow your advice and begin with the brakes then, thanks

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