No rear brakes this spring


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cbowers83
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No rear brakes this spring

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Was doing my spring clean and check and found no rear brakes. No resistance on the pedal but reservoir is not empty. I don’t know why this would happen over the winter.


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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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Bleed the front linked caliper. Not uncommon for it to accumulate air after long sets.
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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Thanks for the input. I will try bleeding after work. It has been several years since I bled my brakes. Is the Left front caliper the one that is linked with the rear?
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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if it has been several years since you bled the brakes, then it has been longer than that since you changes brake fluid. you really should! flush front and rear, as said, they are linked to the same master (rear).
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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I flushed it out and put new fluid in 4 or 5 years ago. That was the last time it was bled out. How often is it recommended to change the fluid?
I rebuilt the clutch slave cylinder and flushed that out and replaced the fluid over the weekend, but I haven't done anything with brakes lately.
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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cbowers83 wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 10:02 am I flushed it out and put new fluid in 4 or 5 years ago. That was the last time it was bled out. How often is it recommended to change the fluid?
I rebuilt the clutch slave cylinder and flushed that out and replaced the fluid over the weekend, but I haven't done anything with brakes lately.
Minimum of once every 2 years.
You are way overdue.
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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I got it filled with new fluid and bled the brakes tonight and everything seems to be normal. No test ride though. It snowed here today :(
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Which caliper (front or rear) did you get the air out of?
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Re: No rear brakes this spring

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I would say more out of the front. It took quite a few peddle pumps before the peddle resisted at all. I did get a couple of pretty good burps out of the back though.


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