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CHAPTER NINE
a clean container. Fill the container with
enough brake fluid to keep the end submerged
(Figure 38).
NOTE
On dual hydraulic disc models, always
bleed the caliprr.farther awayfrom the
master cylinder .first. Otherwise air
bubbles m a y rernuin in the brake
system.
3.
Slowly apply the brake lever or pedal
several times. Hold the lever or pedal in the
applied position. Open the bleed valve about
one-half turn. Allow the lever or pedal to travel
to its limit. When this limit is reached, tighten
the bleed screw. As the fluid enters the system,
the level will drop in the reservoir. Maintain
the level at about 31'8 in. (10 mm) from the top
of the reservoir to keep air from being drawn
into the system.
4. Continue to pump the lever or pedal. open
and close the bleed valve and fill the reservoir
until the fluid emerging from the hose is
completely free of bubbles.
NOTE
Do not allow the reservoir to empty
during the bleeding operation or more
air will enter the system. I f this occurs,
the entire procedure must be repeated.
5. Hold the lever or pedal down, tighten the
bleed valve, remove the bleed tube and install
the bleed valve dust cap.
6.
Add fluid to correct the level in the
reservoir. Slowly pump the brake lever or pedal
several times (reservoir cap still off) until no air
bubbles rise up through the fluid from holes at
the bottom ofthe reservoir (this bleeds air from
the master cylinder end of the line). Install the
reservoir cap tightly.
7. Test the feel of the brake lever or pedal. It
should be firm and should offer the same
resistance each time it's operated. If it feels
spongy, it is likely that there is still air in the
system and it must be bled again.
WARNING
Do not ride the motorcycle until you are
sure the brakes are working with a solid
feel.
BRAKE FLUID CHANGE
Change the brake fluid according to the
maintenance schedule (Table 1. Chapter
Three), or whenever the fluid becomes
contaminated by water or dirt. Brake fluid
changing is the same as bleeding. except you
keep the bleed valve open and pump the lever
or pedal until all fluid runs out of the system.
After draining, fill and bleed the system.
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