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Kawasaki recommends DOT 3 brake
.fluid. Lower grades may vaporize and
cause brake.failure. Never use old brake
.fluid or fluid,from a container that has
been lefi unscaledfor a longtitne. Do not
leave the reservoir cap offtoo long or the
.fluid will absorb moisture from the air
and will vaporize more easily.
Brake fluid is an irritant. Keep it away
from your skin and eves
Be careful not to spill brake fluid on
painted or plastic sur/kces or it will
destroy the finish.
Wash spills
immediately with soapy water and rinse
3. Reinstall the diaphragm (and washer on the
rear master cylinder) and cap. Make sure that
the cap is tight.
Pad Wear Inspection
Inspect t h e disc brake pads for wear
according to the maintenance schedule (Table
1. Apply the front/rear brake and hold it tight.
Shine a light between the caliper and the
disc to inspect the brake pads.
3. If either pad has worn thinner than 1/16
inch (1 mm) or to the stepped portion of the
pad (Figure 49 or Figure
replace both pads
as a set; see Brake Pad Removal in Chapter
Brake Seal Replacement
The rubber cup inside the master cylinder
and the rubber piston seal inside the wheel
caliper. and their dust seals. should be replaced
every 2 years regardless of the mileage on the
bike. Replacement of the seals should be
accompanied by inspection and rebuilding of
the master cylinder and calipers if necessary.
Because of the special tools required for this
kind of work, we recommend you have the job
done by a Kawasaki dealer. Brake system
repair is critical work; see Brakes in Chapter
Eight before attempting to rebuild the cylinder
and calipers.
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