Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Re: 04 with integrated ABS brake failure....
Not a brake expert by any means, but....Brake fluid absorbs water, and water in the fluid can cause extreme brake fade as heat from braking can cause the water to vaporize causing loss of the hydraulic action of the brake fluid..also with an 04 your brakes are arranged into 2 different circuits, one from the lever to the ABS pump, and from the pump to the calipers, as I understand it. Just because your brake reservoir on the handlebar is showing full, you could be lacking in the caliper circuit. So it sounds like you are on the right track to bleed the brake system, check the HOW to make sure you have the correct process for your year of LT. The other problem to check for is if your brake lines are breaking down, and the inner pressure liner in the brake hose is compromised, when you brake it could be causing the fluid to escape into the outer rubber part of the hose, in which case you would lose braking power, and your hose would get a bubble in it....very dangerous as the next step in that senario would be failure of the hose, catistrophic fluid loss, and no braking!! Just my thinking on the subject...
2000 K1200LT "a great ride"
2002 GL1800 powerful, but boring..(gone)
1979 XS1100 (gone)
1986 VT500 Ascot (gone)
1972 Honda 500-4 (gone)
1961 Lambretta (way gone)
1962 Allstate Compact (gone but not forgotten)
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