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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:35 pm

. I will attempt flushing the brakes, and anti-freeze only if there is enough time.<<>> having all the tools and replacement items at hand you could be done in a morning easy, a look around the how to section here will be a big help if this is your first attempt.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:40 pm

Use a turkey baster and remove the brake fluid from each reservoir. Fill with new brake fluid. Do this every year and the fluid in the line going to the brake shoes will be diluted with the new fluid every time you apply the brakes. Easy to do and it takes 10 minutes for both reservoirs. Been doing this with Goldwings for 15 years.
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PostSubject: Brake Fluid Flushing   Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:55 am

Modernman1953 wrote:
Use a turkey baster and remove the brake fluid from each reservoir.  Fill with new brake fluid.  Do this every year and the fluid in the line going to the brake shoes will be diluted with the new fluid every time you apply the brakes.  Easy to do and it takes 10 minutes for both reservoirs.   Been doing this with Goldwings for 15 years.  

?? how does brake fluid " circulate " in a brake system.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:04 pm

The fluid in the reservoir goes down as the brake pads wear. The new fluid will not find it's way to the wheel cylinders. The right way is to open the bleeder while apply the brake. Close the bleeder then release the brake. Keep checking the reservoir and filling as needed. Repeat the process.

Be careful. There are some members that get upset for repeating the same subject.

Just read the service manual, else have the Honda shop do it. Very important to know what you are doing when messing with your brakes.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:03 pm

The fluid in the reservoir goes down as the brake pads wear. The new fluid will not find it's way to the wheel cylinders. <> nor will any crud / moisture be removed. There has to be some reason it's a recommended periodic service.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:36 am

oldwingguy wrote:
The fluid in the reservoir goes down as the brake pads wear. The new fluid will not find it's way to the wheel cylinders. <> nor will any crud / moisture be removed. There has to be some reason it's a recommended periodic service.

I would drain the reservoir, put new DOT-4 brake fluid, loosen the bleeder, pump and hold the brake handle while loosening the bleeder until the fluid drains into a cup. When the brake handle bottoms out, close the bleeder then release the brake handle. Add more fluid in the reservoir. Start the process all over again until either the fluid changes color or you feel that enough fluid has been emptied into the cup. The amount should include the volume of fluid in the wheel cylinders. Tighten the bleeder.
The service manual should have the recommended procedure.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:22 am

One man job with a Mity Vac. REMEMBER it's not how much one bleeds it's how one bleeds well, with the Mity Vac. ONLY use enough " draw " to move the fluid, it's not necessary to see how high on the gage one can raise the dial. That and doing it the correct order.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:55 pm

My wife has always been there to assist me with all my past cars and trucks. She will be assisting me with the Swing.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:16 pm

Lucky you.
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PostSubject: Re: Brake Fluid Flushing   Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:37 pm

Molecular diffusion will mean that over some time, all of the fluid will end up the same, so the stuff in the reservoir will pull moisture out of the lines, and new fluid will end up in the lines. If this is done every year, the fluid will be fine forever with no buildup of gunk.

But if you want to get every bit of the old out, then bleed your brakes.

Be sure to get every bit of oil out of your motor every time you change your oil too.... lol

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