New Front Brake Bleed Method


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bbrackett
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New Front Brake Bleed Method

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So I changed the switches for cruise and front brake

I happened to have turned over the master cylinder and when I was done said heck I need to bleed it

well, I never did
just rode the bike

and realized yesterday while riding 230 miles
that the brake was nicely and firmly bled
like better than what it was before !!

So to bleed your front brake, ride the bike !!

Ride Safe


gford
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Re: New Front Brake Bleed Method

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So you don't really know if you had air in the brake system. you do know you had no fluid in the master cylinder.
From my knowledge of brake systems driving a bike should not bleed the brake system due to it being a closed system, however you stated it did and so there is something I am not understanding.
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Re: New Front Brake Bleed Method

Post by DenverWinger »

I have a leaky clutch master cylinder in my old Toyota, the other day went to drive it and no clutch. Poured fluid into the master cylinder and after working the clutch pedal a couple minutes the I had full clutch pedal again. The air bubbles worked themselves out of the system and migrated up to the master cylinder, no bleeding necessary.

Pressing the clutch pedal compressed the air bubbles making them smaller, easier to work themselves out of the lines to the "high point" which be the fluid reservoir.

Probably same thing happened on his bike.
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bbrackett
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Re: New Front Brake Bleed Method

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There was Fluid in the Reservoir and there was air in the system, because it was Squishy, I could pull the handle all the way to the bar.
and now it's firmer than ever :-)
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Re: New Front Brake Bleed Method

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Glad it worked, learn something new every day. Will keep this tip in mind for future brake problems.

Thanks for sharing
bbrackett
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Re: New Front Brake Bleed Method

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some people stress about Bleeding Brakes and have a hard time with it
when I flipped over the master cylinder, completely forgot

It's not good for Safety to leave the brakes un-bled, I use my rear's more and was still mostly OK kinda
and my choice

DISCLAIMER: If you are able then YOU SHOULD properly bleed your Brakes using the Factory Honda Method etc.. etc..


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