View Full Version : Bleeding front brakes???
05-22-2003, 05:25 PM
How do you bleed the front brakes. i took my front caliper of today and when putting it back on the brake lever is realy spongey and the bakes don't work. i have tried bleeding it but i don't think i have done it right. has anyone got any tips.
05-22-2003, 07:21 PM
I just went through this. Top of your reservoir with fluid. With the reservoir top off, tap along the whole length of the lines from the caliper up to the reservoir. I hate that word. See if the air is coming out of the top as bubbles in the fluid. VERY SLOWLY work the front brake and look for bubbles. I had alot of air tarapped in the top end, It is difficult if not impossible to force it all of the way down the line and out the bleeder. Make sure you keep the fluid level up- if you are displacing air, fluid will take it's place. When you no longer see bubbles, do the regular bleed. Pump, pump, pump- hold and unscrew bleeder. Without letting go of the brake tighten bleeder. Be patient. When I took the brakes apart, it took a couple hours to finally get all of the air out. Do not settle for any mushiness- lever should be extremely firm. Good luck.
05-23-2003, 01:06 AM
I can pull my front-brake lever all the way to the handle...easily.... you think I should add alittle fluid in there :rolleyes:
05-23-2003, 12:05 PM
are you serious. Yes, add some fluid. Better yet, take it to a professional.
Its ok if your bike don't run because you mess with it not knowing what you are doing, BUT if you can't stop because you messed with the brakes not knowing what you are doing...:eek:
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