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Old 01-14-2018, 09:04 PM   #1
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Schwaben Power Bleeder Leaking During Brake Flush

I replaced the transmission fluid and attempted bleeding the brakes in my 2013 6mt GTI today. For the brake flush, I purchased the Schwaben Power Bleeder from ECS, which is basically a copy of the Motive, gets good reviews, and is less expensive.

The problem was I had difficulty attaching the adapter to the reservoir. Despite multiple attempts, I barely got the pressure above 5psi before brake fluid started leaking. Even with the old fluid siphoned out, there was still a leak.

Am I doing something wrong, or should I call ECS about a return? Also, since the reservoir was emptied and refilled, I have a lot of new fluid in there anyway. Should I still try and bleed them, or call it good enough for the next two years?

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Old 01-14-2018, 09:08 PM   #2
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I have the same one and had the same problem. I had to put Teflon tape on the threads of the reservoir to get a proper seal. One would think that the rubber gasket would be sufficient, but it isn't. A bit of a crummy design if you ask me.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:29 PM   #3
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I can try that, but I'd rather just return it if that's the only option.

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Old 01-15-2018, 09:58 AM   #4
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Had the same issue with that bleeder on my car. Oddly enough it held pressure fine on my dad's MK7 which has the same brake fluid reservoir thread size/pitch.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:17 AM   #5
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same problem using a euro motiv power bleeder. I think they are all just a crappy design.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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Wow the irony, this thread started yesterday? I was doing this job last night and ran into the same issue. Got the O-ring mentioned in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfz9RlvKO0c but am still getting the leak this morning. Gonna try the teflon tape. I should be at work right now, instead I'm dealing with expensive brake fluid spilling all over my transmission and garage floor. Rage.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:13 PM   #7
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Saw that video last night. I'll try picking up some o rings. I'm not going to be able to re so the brake job for a while though. I did suction all the old fluid out of the reservoir, so most of the new fluid went in anyway. Not a true "flush" but it's better than nothing for now.

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Old 01-15-2018, 12:38 PM   #8
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That's good. As long as there are no air bubbles in the system you should be alright. I got the teflon tape with the o-ring and its sealed now. Probably can get away with just the tape, wrapping it around the reservoir threads 2-3 times.
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