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A Non Dealer in Columbia, S.C. Area

Who can give advise or repair my brake problem. I have a 2003 LT that I have alternating "brake failure" blink, this has been going on for some time now, long enough that I have put black tape over the lights, brakes seem to be fine as I have probably put 5 grand or more miles on the bike since problem came up.

Back in early '17 I took the bike to a dealer here in SC and ask if they could replace the brake lines and of course they said yes. Well that turned into a cluster.... they had the bike for about 2 weeks but I figured as long as it's done...ok. They charged me what I thought was an exorbitant amount but I paid it and drove home. About 2 weeks later the blinking started, at first not all the time, but after driving 30-40miles. I could turn the bike off and restart blinking gone for maybe rest of day....this progressively got worse to the point of the black tape.

I don't consider myself mechanically inept (HVAC mechanic for 50 yrs) but brakes are one thing that I have never liked working on, even on cars. I consider brakes the biggest competent in safety that I would feel better letting someone who knows what they are doing work on them

So, I would pay for time/advise to see what the best next step would be.....

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Who can give advise or repair my brake problem. I have a 2003 LT that I have alternating "brake failure" blink, this has been going on for some time now, long enough that I have put black tape over the lights, brakes seem to be fine as I have probably put 5 grand or more miles on the bike since problem came up.

Back in early '17 I took the bike to a dealer here in SC and ask if they could replace the brake lines and of course they said yes. Well that turned into a cluster.... they had the bike for about 2 weeks but I figured as long as it's done...ok. They charged me what I thought was an exorbitant amount but I paid it and drove home. About 2 weeks later the blinking started, at first not all the time, but after driving 30-40miles. I could turn the bike off and restart blinking gone for maybe rest of day....this progressively got worse to the point of the black tape.

I don't consider myself mechanically inept (HVAC mechanic for 50 yrs) but brakes are one thing that I have never liked working on, even on cars. I consider brakes the biggest competent in safety that I would feel better letting someone who knows what they are doing work on them

So, I would pay for time/advise to see what the best next step would be.....

Thanks
John.......aka FrankNitti
John, the alternating brake light failure means your brake reservoir under the rear seat right side is a bit low. They have to be topped up pretty well as they have sensors in them. With your HVAC background, checking that should be a piece of cake.

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John, the alternating brake light failure means your brake reservoir under the rear seat right side is a bit low. They have to be topped up pretty well as they have sensors in them. With your HVAC background, checking that should be a piece of cake.
My '99 & '00 (pre-servo brakes) w/ no fluid level sensor were sensitive to voltage, so that w/ old battery, they would blink on start, then not blink if I re-start after a couple of blocks riding. My R1100s are the same way. Doesn't sound like your issue is related to this, since it starts after driving a while.
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My '99 & '00 (pre-servo brakes) w/ no fluid level sensor were sensitive to voltage, so that w/ old battery, they would blink on start, then not blink if I re-start after a couple of blocks riding. My R1100s are the same way. Doesn't sound like your issue is related to this, since it starts after driving a while.
If the OP is getting the wig-wag lights after moving then the sensors on his 03 are indicating a low brake fluid level. There is also a possibility of a wiring issue with one of the sensors giving a false indication but I would start with the fluid level and go from there.
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John, the alternating brake light failure means your brake reservoir under the rear seat right side is a bit low. They have to be topped up pretty well as they have sensors in them. With your HVAC background, checking that should be a piece of cake.
Woke up the AM with what I call "the Crud" as soon as its past I will take your advice....Thanks

as a side would still like to know someone in my area that works on these bikes....BMW don't like working on old stuff.


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