Enthusiast - KI6CDF
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Rancho Mirage, CA, USA
ok - so how bad did I screw myself?
So, I did a brake job today. First up on the agenda was changing brake fluid. I had obtained the speedbleeder bag and was confident about doing the job.
First I did the handlebar level circuit followed by the footpedal. Everything went according to plan. The brake fluid needed changing and it was nice to do it myself. Next I did the rear foot pedal circuit and again no problem.
Switched over the front wheel cylinders. I compressed the brake calipers since I was putting new pads in. It took a bit to get the pistons to move but they did go in. And yes, I took some fluid out of the reservoir so it wouldn't overflow. I'm feeling good - front brakes done fluid changed. Life is good.
Finally, I head to the rear. I removed the pads and pushed the caliper cylinders back in. Now I get ready to change the rear wheel caliper fluid. Turn on the ignition and lightly squeeze. My helper reports fluid and I'm looking in the reservoir - it doesn't seem to be going down.
OH CRAP! I was looking in the rear reservoir not the front. I drained the front reservoir and my helper reports air bubbles coming in to the speed bleeder bag. Now I'm thinking what in hell did I do to myself?
Well the only thing to do is to start filling the right reservoir and pump a lot of fluid through to get the air out. Well I did that about 8 times. Helper reports no air coming through.
So what kind of mess did I make? Any advice?
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
2003 Titan Silver LTE "Cantabile"
2001 Black R 1150 GS
IBA (SS1000, B2B-36)