Bleeding Brakes


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Marine
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Bleeding Brakes

Postby Marine » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:54 pm



Anyone know where I can find a good video or good instructions on how to bleed the brakes on my 2004 GL-1800?



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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby cihilb » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:35 pm

Here is the Service Manual version:

Front Brake Reservoir
Right from the service manual.


1: Front Right Caliper Upper Bleeder Valve 8mm
2: Front Left Caliper Middle/lower Bleeder Valve 10mm


Rear Reservoir (under right side engine cover)

1: Front Left Caliper Upper Bleeder Valve 8mm
2: Front Right Caliper Lower Bleeder Valve 10mm
3: Rear Caliper Lower Bleeder Valve 8mm
4: Anti-Dive: bleeder valve on top 10mm
5: Rear Caliper Upper Bleeder Valve 10mm

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby Red Ron » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:04 pm

I don't have them yet but speed bleeders are supposed to make it snap to do it by yourself.

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby 93aspy » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:20 pm

I had speed bleeders on my 1500 and they made the job effortless... I just bought them for my 1800 and will install them when I do a brake fluid flush this spring... They are worth every penny you pay for them...

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby canuck623 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:58 am

Don't forget to do the anti dive either. I just had a bike in with a clunk in the front when the brakes were applied. It was the movement of the secondary master piston. The anti dive had air in it and was allowing the secondary master to bottom in the bore. It is bled using the foot pedal.
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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby Marine » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:59 am

I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby canuck623 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:40 am

Marine wrote:I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.


Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee.
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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby Steve F » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:59 am

canuck623 wrote:
Marine wrote:I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.


Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee.

You do realize, that if all you did was to correct this common error that you would have a full time job. It's like Their, there and they're and many others. Too much to do and so little time.
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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby Marine » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:48 pm

Steve F wrote:
canuck623 wrote:
Marine wrote:I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.


Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee.

You do realize, that if all you did was to correct this common error that you would have a full time job. It's like Their, there and they're and many others. Too much to do and so little time.



Sorry, but I did type that on my cell phone and that was an auto correct mistake.

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby canuck623 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:01 pm

Steve F wrote:
canuck623 wrote:
Marine wrote:I had no problem doing mine myself. For the rear and front right, I could reach the brake levers, but for the left, I just used cord and wrapped it around the break lever.


Smart...but I think you mean the "brake" lever. Since "break" means it is broken or you are having a coffee.

You do realize, that if all you did was to correct this common error that you would have a full time job. It's like Their, there and they're and many others. Too much to do and so little time.


You do realize that if more people gave a crap about what they come off like when they use improper words they might try harder to do it right. Or is that write? I am never sure. :shock: It's the same as me and I. How intelligent is it to say me and Bob went to the store. Happens all the time but the test is to take out Bob and see if it still makes sense. If you say it does then maybe nothing I say will matter.

As the poster said....he was auto corrected. My phone does that all the time too. Or is that two? Or maybe to. :lol:
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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby Marine » Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:04 pm

You do realize that if more people gave a crap about what they come off like when they use improper words they might try harder to do it right. Or is that write? I am never sure. :shock: It's the same as me and I. How intelligent is it to say me and Bob went to the store. Happens all the time but the test is to take out Bob and see if it still makes sense. If you say it does then maybe nothing I say will matter.

As the poster said....he was auto corrected. My phone does that all the time too. Or is that two? Or maybe to. :lol:[/quote]

I never had such a problem with Auto Spell on my iPhone, but my Samsung is god awful!

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Re: Bleeding Brakes

Postby MikeB » Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:22 pm

Speed Bleeders are excellent. I have them on both my GL1500 and GL1800. Prior to the Speed Bleeders, I used the Mity Vac and that worked well, after I made sure the threads for the bleed screws were not bleeding air.

It took me a little time to figure out what was happening the first time I tried to bleed the brakes with leaky bleed valve threads. There was always bubbles in the fluid that came through the hose to the waste container.

A little grease around the bleed valve threads kept the air from creating bubbles in the fluid as it was drawn into the waste container. With bubbles in the hose, it is difficult to tell if you have air in the system or it is just passing by the bleed screw. It made all the difference. Of course, you could remove the bleed valves and use a little Teflon tape on the threads, But that always seemed to cause more trouble than not. Air got into all the slave cylinders and bleeding took a lot longer than it should have.

Speed bleeders took care of all the above issues. They are not very expensive and easy to install and use. Great product.


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