Decided to push some clean Dot 4 through the Slave.
Not a bad job but a few surprises for me at least.
I post up only because some of this maintenance stuff sounded so complicated to me in the beginning.
I figure if I can post some "highlights" of my first adventures others can learn. I know all this is covered before, but Pictures are fun.
First off the bat for those who don't know, or figure it is no big deal, Dot 4 is water magnet to the max.
Next thing is the color. I was a bit surprised with 19,000 miles, and 2 years old, it would look like this. I think I will move it to a yearly schedule. Also weird lighting on the picture there was nothing physical in the reservoir.
I sucked out the old fluid with a turkey baster and cleaned it with the towel center and two corners, and the Q-Tips you see pictured here. I did then fill it and used my finger to rub the new fluid around some more Q-Tips and used the turkey baster to empty again.
Now I get to put a bleeder screw 10mm x 1 into this fitting on the end of the hose.
Forget about that! That is why you see it off in the above picture. NO way I could get a bleeder into that. Not professionally lined up but close enough. You can see the size of the grub screw that comes out of this fitting, the size of the bleeder tip, and the difference in size from the beginning of the threads and what would need to seat. Is Not Going To Happen!
By searching this forum I found you can remove the black end, insert a bleeder, and use it as regular caliper bleeder, turn it tight, pump, open it, hold, turn tight and repeat. This is how I got there. Mine was tough as stated on here, once I got a little turn I backed it off, turned again, back off, and it worked for me, BUT it was tight with lock-tite.
This is how I kept the hose higher and got it done. In both pics the hose is filled with clean Dot 4 up to the curve.
So not too bad. Messed with the bleeder and that fitting longer then I should have. Covered everything while working. Razor blade in the reservoir to stop the fountain.
I taped the level in the window but had no need as I see the level every day. Fist thing my dealer did was show me the clutch level and said "memorize that sight glass, and check it often". I took it to heart. In 19,000 mile is has not budged off a hair over the center dot. That is where I filled it too and checked it with the rubber in the reservoir.
While on the center stand I popped it into first and slowly released the clutch lever and had a friction zone, as I let the clutch out slowly the rear wheel started to spin.
I then started it and backed it off the lift just a bit down the drive and saw I could still had clutch actuation.
Took it for a spin all seems well. I had fun today. Next is coolant flush.