With a 6mm ID clear tubing (2 ft long), an 11mm wrench, and one liter DOT 4 low viscosity brake fluid, you can do this yourself in less than an hour.
Counterpoint to DIY for brake fluid change:Easy DIY thing.
Get Schwaben or similar vacuum pump. I usually buy more than a liter of DOT4. Get ATE TYP200 fluid. It is super easy job that will take maybe two hours considering you have to take off tires, put them back. Unless, you have really good access from below, but still it will be hard.
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On the X5 I don't lift the wheels. you can get under the back wheels easily. The front wheels, I turn to the side to make it easier.Counterpoint to DIY for brake fluid change:
1. You have to lift each corner and manhandle each wheel. That's a workout that not everyone can do given the weight of each wheel and tire for the X5, as well as time consuming.
2. Potential for spilling brake fluid which is corrosive stuff.
3. The old fluid has to be properly recycled and unlike oil, there are limited options as to locations that will accept old brake fluid. Taking it to a recycling center is another time consuming element.
I pick my DIY battles, and based on number 3 alone brake fluid change is a job that I gladly pay $120 to have done.
Same happened to me about 15 years ago while working on the 91 318is daily driver. The bleeder has been taking up shelf space and gathering dust ever since.The only thing to be wary of is an older hose on the Motive Bleeder bursting. Happened to me. Sprayed brake fluid all over the car.
I know... The risk of damaging my own paint is enough of a deterrent; see prior mishap above. Just sucking the stuff out of the reservoir when pushing out the caliper piston during a brake pad change makes me nervous.Brake / hydraulic fluid is ‘corrosive’ to paint but not to metals.
I didn't remove the wheels either. I put the front wheels on ramps to access the bleeding nipples, and had no problem getting to the rear ones on the ground. I only used the brake pedal to push out the fluid for each line without difficulties. Place an object underneath the brake pedal to prevent it from going too far to the floor. That was it. I pushed the brake pedal roughly for 18, 15, 12, and 9 times for RR, RL, FR, and FL nipples while keeping the fluid in the reservoir above the "MIN" line. Really a simple process. Not a chance for spills.Same happened to me about 15 years ago while working on the 91 318is daily driver. The bleeder has been taking up shelf space and gathering dust ever since.
I know... The risk of damaging my own paint is enough of a deterrent; see prior mishap above. Just sucking the stuff out of the reservoir when pushing out the caliper piston during a brake pad change makes me nervous.
Looks like OP left the house but this post from another thread might help the next person who searches for a shop recommendation in the Toronto area.
Thanks to everyone, who pitched in, even those who critiqued my technical skills; I truly appreciate hearing all of your feedback! Yes, the issue turned out to be a worn out ground strap.
I highly recommend to those in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) this gentleman, who went out of his way to assist me over the holidays and got my baby up and running again this week:
717-12 Finley Avenue
Ajax, Ontario L1S 3T1
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