Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
If you can, try bleeding the cylinder.. It's simple enough to do if you have the parts!!
1. Locate the bleed nipple on the back of the cylinder - should be at the top directly below a hole through the battery tray.
2. Attach a suitable hose/pipe, I use a bleeder hose kit but any silicone hose that fits would be fine (aquarium hose for example if you have any..).
3. Sit an assistant in the drivers seat.
4. Place the open end of the pipe/hose in a bottle/jar.. I use a small milk bottle..
5. If you have any brake fluid, put an inch or so in the bottom of the bottle.
6. Gently undo the bleed nipple, and have your assistant slowly depress the pedal and hold it down.. This should force air/fluid out of the bleed valve and into the bottle (it will probably be quite dirty!!). DON'T let them bring the pedal up until you're ready!!
7. Close the bleed nipple, then let them lift the pedal. Check the level of fluid in the reservoir, top up if needed.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 in that order until the fluid runs into your bottle clean and without any bubbles.
9. Top up the fluid reservoir, check that it all feels good again.
Other thing to remember is don't get brake fluid on the paintwork at all!!!
That brought my pedal feel right back, but only lasted a few days as it quickly leaked out again.. Was a slow leak on mine so I didn't notice the fluid leaking at all when I had a look at it..