Front brakes will not bleed


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DBare
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Front brakes will not bleed

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Restored a 1983 Honda goldwing gl1100i replaced and rebuilt the brake system but the front a can get brake fluid throw the lines but the brake don't seem to work any ideas any help would be appreciated



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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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Does the fluid drip out or does it come out under pressure when you're bleeding them? You may have air in your master cylinder.

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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Bleed that hand brake at the MC banjo bolt several times, then move down to bleed the caliper.

Tie the hand brake engaged and leave it tied overnight.
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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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Earl43P wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:14 am
Bleed that hand brake at the MC banjo bolt several times, then move down to bleed the caliper.

Tie the hand brake engaged and leave it tied overnight.
What does that do, leaving it overnight?

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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elementfe wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Earl43P wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:14 am
Bleed that hand brake at the MC banjo bolt several times, then move down to bleed the caliper.

Tie the hand brake engaged and leave it tied overnight.
What does that do, leaving it overnight?
+1 It gives trapped air a chance to work its' way up out of the system(I believe mainly the MC). This has worked for me a couple of times in the past when I have gotten tired trying to bleed the front brakes after a MC replacement. Try it you have nothing to lose. I also make sure the handlebars are turned all the way to the left putting the MC in its' most elevated position.

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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The front needs bled first and then do the rear.

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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elementfe wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:18 pm
Earl43P wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:14 am
Bleed that hand brake at the MC banjo bolt several times, then move down to bleed the caliper.

Tie the hand brake engaged and leave it tied overnight.
What does that do, leaving it overnight?
Many times, the bubbles of air are too large to fit through the tiny orifices in the brake system. By tying the handle down and leaving it to sit overnight, the highly-pressurized fluid compresses the bubbles to make them extremely small, and they can then migrate upward into the reservoir.

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

Post by tbeiler »

Another easy way to ensure no air is in the system is to get speed bleeders. When I removed the old ones, one happened to be clogged.

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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Thank you all for the help

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Re: Front brakes will not bleed

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you do know that one front brake left side works off the lever on the handle bars and the right brake works off the foot pedal and is connected to the rear brake so those two have to be done together this was the first year of integrate brakes so the 83 is different from 80 , 81 an 82



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