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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-08-2007, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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flushing brakes ???

Getting bike ready for the next track day, May 18th, and doing what the tech guy told me to do before next time. I replaced front brake pads, (I can not believe I paid a shop to do that before ) now I want to flush my system.

do I do one side at a time? I.E. loosen one bleeder nut engage brake lever till resavore is emptey. ad new fluid until clean coming out (old fluid is dark brown)and until line is free of air ect. secure bleeder nut and repeat for other side?

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Try to avoid air in the line, it makes it much easier to flush than to bleed. I'd use a syring or turkey baster, get the old fluid out of the resevoir without opening any bleeder valves if you can, wipe it out good to clean out any contaminants in the old fluid.

Then yes, just put the new fluid in the resevoir, and as you bleed one line at a time, watch for the new fluid to flow out, you will definately notice the color change in in your bleed line. Watch the resevoir and make sure that it doesn't get empty and let air into the line.
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Try to avoid air in the line, it makes it much easier to flush than to bleed. I'd use a syring or turkey baster, get the old fluid out of the resevoir without opening any bleeder valves if you can, wipe it out good to clean out any contaminants in the old fluid.

Then yes, just put the new fluid in the resevoir, and as you bleed one line at a time, watch for the new fluid to flow out, you will definately notice the color change in in your bleed line. Watch the resevoir and make sure that it doesn't get empty and let air into the line.
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How am I going to get the turkey baster out of the kitchen and into the garage...? This would seem the most challenging at this point. LOL
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According to OTB, your better off buying your own, and labeling "GARAGE" Apparently it is NOT good for the marriage to take it out of the kitchen, then return it. He seemed to be speaking from experience on that post.
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According to OTB, your better off buying your own, and labeling "GARAGE" Apparently it is NOT good for the marriage to take it out of the kitchen, then return it. He seemed to be speaking from experience on that post.
I will take that as solid advice Off to the dollar store I go
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yup. thats how I do it. works out perfectly. Pucky, excellent explanation of how to do it.
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Yeah... and while you're flushing... make sure you don't let the resevoir run dry and put air in it!!! THis is very important!!!




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Then yes, just put the new fluid in the resevoir, and as you bleed one line at a time, watch for the new fluid to flow out, you will definately notice the color change in in your bleed line. Watch the resevoir and make sure that it doesn't get empty and let air into the line.

100%. I've done this on my bike this way, and it's pretty easy. You don't need a turkey baster. The resivour isn't that big anyway. Just put the new fluid on top of the old, and make sure you keep topping it off so you don't get any air in the line.

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100%. I've done this on my bike this way, and it's pretty easy. You don't need a turkey baster. The resivour isn't that big anyway. Just put the new fluid on top of the old, and make sure you keep topping it off so you don't get any air in the line.
Thats what I do. You'll know when the new stuff gets through.



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Thats what I do. You'll know when the new stuff gets through.
I ended up getting a call from my brother in-law and he had me come by his work (tech for local ford store) and let me use a bleeding/flushing machine. I was pretty cool. sucktion hose hooked right up to bleeding nut and ran the resavoir through twice. no fluid all over the place
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Don't do that... if not a turkey baster then just use a rag.




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I ended up getting a call from my brother in-law and he had me come by his work (tech for local ford store) and let me use a bleeding/flushing machine. I was pretty cool. sucktion hose hooked right up to bleeding nut and ran the resavoir through twice. no fluid all over the place
but I've never used a bleeding device and I've never gotten a drop of fluid anywhere it wasn't supposed to be.



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