Front Brake - How to bleed


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Front Brake - How to bleed

Postby vBreezo » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:59 pm



1985 GoldWing LTD 1200 with integrated braking; brake pedal has excessive play. Rear brake has been bled by shop mechanic; pedal play still excessive. How do I bleed left front brake?



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Re: Front Brake - How to bleed

Postby vBreezo » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:17 pm

A reply to my own post: After reading through other articles on this forum, I found one regarding my question. I was wrong about the order of front/rear brakes. It is rear brake and RIGHT front that are connected to the brake pedal. Also, I read that the front brake should always be bled first - so why did the shop tech at the dealer bleed only the rear brake? SO now my question is:
Do I have to bleed the entire system again? For the rear brake, must the side bag be removed?
I will be purchasing a manual but I would like to ride this weekend with safe brakes.

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Re: Front Brake - How to bleed

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:31 pm

You might be able to contort yourself around to be able to get to the rear caliper to bleed it without removing the bag - but it's a LOT easier to just remove the bag and do it. I would go ahead and just bleed both correctly (front, then rear) again, to be sure. If you use a vacuum bleeder like a Mityvac, it will make things very easy to do, and you can do it without a helper.


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