Fluid reservoir (ABS) - removal and refitting

Note: New seals must be used between the reservoir and the hydraulic unit on reassembly.

Caution: Refer to the
precautions in Section 1.

Removal
1 Disconnect the battery negative lead.

2 Depressurise the hydraulic system by pumping the brake pedal at least 20 times, or until it becomes hard.

3 Disconnect the wiring multi-plugs from the reservoir cap and remove the cap.

4 Unscrew the reservoir securing screw, and remove the securing clip, noting that the clip also supports the clutch cable (see illustration).

15.4 Reservoir securing clip (arrowed) also supports clutch cable - ABS
15.4 Reservoir securing clip (arrowed) also supports clutch cable - ABS

5 Prepare a suitable container to collect the fluid as the hydraulic unit is drained, then remove the securing spring clip and disconnect the low pressure fluid hose from the pump (see illustrations). Allow the fluid to drain out of the hose into the container. If fluid is accidentally spilt on the paintwork, wash off immediately with cold water.

15.5a Remove the securing spring clip . . .
15.5a Remove the securing spring clip . . .

15.5b . . . and disconnect the low pressure fluid hose - ABS
15.5b . . . and disconnect the low pressure fluid hose - ABS

6 Pull the reservoir out of the seals on the hydraulic unit and remove it (see illustration).

15.6 Removing the fluid reservoir from the hydraulic unit - ABS
15.6 Removing the fluid reservoir from the hydraulic unit - ABS

7 Note the spigot locating bush on the rear hydraulic unit inlet, which may stay in the hydraulic unit or may come out with the reservoir (see illustration).

15.7 Removing the spigot locating bush from the rear hydraulic unit inlet -
15.7 Removing the spigot locating bush from the rear hydraulic unit inlet - ABS

Refitting
8 Refitting is a reversal of removal, but use new seals between the reservoir and the hydraulic unit.

9 On completion, bleed the complete hydraulic system and check for leaks around all disturbed components.

    See also:

    Tailgate/boot lid lock and cylinder - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Remove the trim panel as described in Section 32. 2 Extract the lock cylinder retaining clip, disconnect the control rods and remove the cylinder. 3 Undo the three screws and detach th ...

    Tailgate - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Remove the trim panel (Section 32). 2 Disconnect the wiring from the heated rear window element, radio aerial, wiper motor tailgate speakers and tailgate lock motor as applicable (see i ...

    Door window glass and regulator - removal and refitting
    Front door window glass - models with manual windows Saloon, Estate and Van models Removal 1 Remove the door trim panel, as described in Section 11. 2 Carefully peel back the waterproof sheet f ...