2-30 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Periodic Maintenance Procedures
Mixing brands and types of brake fluid can reduce
the brake system's effectiveness and cause an ac-
cident resulting in injury or death. Do not mix two
brands of brake fluid. Change the brake fluid in the
brake line completely if the brake fluid must be re-
filled but the type and brand of the brake fluid that
is already in the reservoir are unidentified.
Recommended Disc Brake Fluid
Brake Fluid Change
The procedure to change the front brake fluid is as fol-
lows. Changing the rear brake fluid is the same as for
the front brake.
Level the brake fluid reservoir.
Remove the reservoir cap and diaphragm.
Remove the rubber cap [A] from the bleed valve on the
Attach a clear plastic hose [B] to the bleed valve, and run
the other end of the hose into a container.
Fill the reservoir with fresh specified brake fluid.
Change the brake fluid.
Repeat this operation until fresh brake fluid comes out
from the plastic hose or the color of the fluid changes.
1. Open the bleed valve [A].
2. Apply the brake and hold it [B].
3. Close the bleed valve [C].
4. Release the brake [D].
The fluid level must be checked often during the chang-
ing operation and replenished with fresh brake fluid. If
the fluid in the reservoir runs out any time during the
changing operation, the brakes will need to be bled
since air will have entered the brake line.
Remove the clear plastic hose.
Install the diaphragm and reservoir cap.
Torque - Brake Reservoir Cap Screws: 1.6 N·m (0.16 kgf·m,
Tighten the bleed valve, and install the rubber cap.
Torque - Bleed Valves: 5.4 N·m (0.55 kgf·m, 48 in·lb)
After changing the fluid, check the brake for good braking
power, no brake drag, and no fluid leakage.
If necessary, bleed the air from the lines.