Bleeding rear brakes


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dualsport
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Bleeding rear brakes

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I now have 4 Goldwings! Nuts I guess. Latest is a 95 SE. PO was serious about maintenance and records. I couldn’t pass it up. Runs like new but brake pedal hits a new low point. Mashing it produces slight braking. I figure air in the lines. Reservoir is full. My question is does anyone know of a good utube video to watch? It looks just like the one in the Clifford Rice videos but with wood grain dash. Thank you for any help. PS I’m working and am slow at internet stuff so can take time to respond



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Re: Bleeding rear brakes

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You can read about that stuff here.
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=53326
I use a "mity vac" to pull new fluid and air out of the system...New fluid every 2 years.Just remember to do the front first before the rear..there linked together.
Flush the clutch while your at it and change the timing belts.

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Re: Bleeding rear brakes

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I had luck with using the gravity method. Of course this takes some time. But it is something that can be done by 1 person.
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Re: Bleeding rear brakes

Post by MikeB »

Bleeding the rear brake without removing the left saddlebag would probably be the least involved method. However, removing the saddlebag would make acess to the caliper easier and the bleeding process easier. Like joeincalif said, be sure you bleed the left front caliper first, the left front and rear calipers are linked. The right front caliper works off the handlebar brake handle only.

I bleed my brakes and clutch using Speed Bleeders.


It makes it a simple process but I still remove the left saddlebag to do the bleeding of the rear caliper.
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Re: Bleeding rear brakes

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Thanks for the replies! I’ll get at it this Saturday and report. This is my first 1500 and so am on a discovery trip. Somehow I had the idea it would have 6 carbs. Relieved to find two. Belts were done and much more. I’ll be ordering some relays here. Electric bugaboos blowing a fuse I think. Temp gauge, fuel gauge, and maybe reverse involved . As a side note this bike is not a nimble thing! I think it will be great for big rides pulling a trailer and camping out.



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