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    Power brake bleeder - final decision?

    To pre-empt any future "micro bubble" sagas I think I'd like to look into ordering a power bleeder to my snowbirding parents before they leave FL. Since this stuff can be fraught with extra fees when I order cross-border I'd probably be looking for something with a number of adapters for different brands (and a brand who is likely to put out future adapters if new MC cap types are produced down the road). Right now the family fleet is all bimmers but won't stay that way.

    I've heard mention of BAV (which might be Motive) and Motive - anyone else I should consider? I'm not running a shop and don't need a particularly large, heavy duty or flashy kit. I also don't want it to take up a third of my parents' trunk on the way back to Canada. Is something like the Motive Universal kit #0250 going to be OK? In the product pics I don't see actual screw in cap adapters like on the XLT 0260 or Magnum 0380 kit. I don't want "universal" in the sense that it fits everything equally poorly - I want real fitted adapters for at least Euro, if not most cars. Maybe I need the XLT kit?

    Best place to buy based on price? Do any retail chains in FL sell Motive instead of mail ordering (checked "where to buy" already - nothing close to 32541)? Thanks!





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    Ordered my Motive online,luv it. Just can't remem


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    This is the one I own. Works great for

    all cars.Sure beats nagging the wife or kids to help bleed brakes or change the fluid.Fritracer
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    Which one? No link or reference in yr post


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    Re: Which one? No link or reference in yr post

    I have the one pictured in your posting except mine has quick connects for all the adaptors. If the new updated one like Jim posted is available with all the adaptors, I would get that. I like the idea of a seperate drain/fill cap and pressure relief. I don't remember where I bought it; it was 6 years ago.Fritracer
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    You don't want that one. I use to have it. (m)

    You want the new improved Motive, much easier to use, BAV now sells this one.
    It's is easier to do everything with all of the improvements that were made. Quick disconnect, a cap for filling and emptying what you didn't use, a pressure release button, etc.
    I sold my original one for $20 and bought this one.


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    Which one?

    I don't want which one? I posted three models... :)


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    You don't want the one in your post (m)

    The new improved model in my post is the one to get.
    The old one has a fixed line between the bottle and the cap, so when you screw it on the MC it twists or you have to twist it in the opposite direction before you start.
    The quick disconnect on the new model is very convenient to use.
    It's also made by Motive and you can get different size caps for it too.

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    Re: You don't want the one in your post (m)

    So none of the universal, magnum or XLT I quoted are the right one?

    Back to the Motive site, I guess. I didn't notice anything clearly different on my first trip.

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    Re: You don't want the one in your post (m)

    On most of the Motive kits, they SAY quick disconnect but show a picture of a kit that clearly has no quick disconnect. I see the present-day Bavauto bleeder kit matches yours.

    Either Motive hasn't bothered to properly update their site, or Motive doesn't make the bavauto bleeder. I'd rather get something with a couple of adapters instead of the BMW/Mini-only bavauto kit but...

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    maybe motive's pictures are just old?


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    I wouldn't buy it. Label is crooked. In all

    seriousness, I've been using this one with no problem. I don't mind pumping brake pedal. I just put piece of wood to behind to avoid blowing the MC seal. It cost me whooping $8.
    http://www.autohausaz.com/search/ima...19200LISLE.jpg



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    That's exactly what I've been doing


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    Mitivac kit is easy to use and cheap. I paid 29.99

    at Autozone and I had a $20.00 rewards card, so ended up being 10usd.

    works fine and simple one person job. I removed all fluid from the 840 and bled the system in about 1 hour 20 minutes. The hardest part was to move around with a jack and tools and lift each corner.

    No air, no brake issues. I used a non-synthetic DOT4 fluid as the synthetic is good but retains too much moisture so you need to change every year which I don't want to do.



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    Use your air compressor!!!

    I wrote it up here:

    DIY: 1-man Hydraulic Bleeding Kit for those with Air Compressor!


    http://www.b---immerfest.com/forums/...d.php?t=392957

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    MOAR POWER! lol - thanks for the pointer


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    Yes to AIR COMPRESSOR

    Many of you already own an air compressor.
    No need to buy Motive Power Bleeder etc.
    With my trick, it costs about $8 for the cap and you are all set to go.
    You will LOVE this trick using ATE Brake Cap!

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