bleeding front brakes

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bleeding front brakes

Post by powercat1994 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:25 am

When you bleed the front brakes, do you bleed both sides at the same time or do one side then the other?

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Re: bleeding front brakes

Post by patbrandon1 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:20 am

One side then the other. Doesn't really matter which one first.

Have you ever bled a Goldwings brakes before? If not, there are a couple things that it will help to know.

These bikes are notoriously hard to bleed when the master cylinder is not primed. The best way to do it is to use a vacuum bleeder on the caliper, and suck fluid down from the master cylinder. Once it's got some fluid moving through it, it will start being able to build up some pressure. This is a quot from WingAdmin.

If it still feels like there is some air in the lines, or it feels spongy pump it up a few times until the brakes are good and hard, then while holding the brake lever in, wrap a bungee cord, rope, or something similar around it to hold the brake lever tight. Leave it like that overnight and see if it makes a difference for you.

It can be frustrating to bleed brakes on these bikes, but here is a youtube vid that has some good pointers in it. Although it isn't a Goldwing they are bleeding, the pointers apply.

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