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Old 02-13-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Brake bleeding

Ive got a 2002 GIX 600 that was bought used, the brake pads are good but I need to bleed em 1st. Is it like doing car brakes with the spig, pump bleed pump bleed?

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Old 02-14-2009, 12:40 AM   #2
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Yes same as a car
If your are really concerned go to your dealer and ask to read the section in the service manual on bleeding your brakes.

It will more than likely be same as you are familur with on your car. I know mine is, I have bleed bike brakes same as a car no problem.

Brake caliper furthest from the master cylinder first.

Pump up pressure and while under pressure crack the bleeder open a little.
and retighten before releasing the pressure. repeat until no air is present

Yes just like a car.

Note need to keep resivoir full and it is small , plus front brake is on the handlebar so you may need to position the steering so it does not run out when the cap is removed.

Be careful of your paint.

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IDK if your 02 has a bleeder valve on the master cylinder, but if it does you can bleed it there too.

What are you trying to accomplish? Changing out the old fluid? Squishy brakes? The answers to those questions may assist in people dishing out advice.

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Honestly, my neighboor bought a 02 GIX 600 and it had been sitting for some time, rear brake pads fine but the foot peg was very vauge and the from brakes were as well including low fulid. He went in the and bled the breaks and now the front lever pin to enage the brakes wont come back out and the lever is completely free, so he scrwed up. I dont know chit about it eiother so...
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Well, if you follow the above advice, you'll be good to go. Hopefully.

Good luck. Good on ya for helpin out your neighbor, too. Props to ya!
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Thanks, he wont listen to me anyway...oh well, he'll find ou the hard way. DOH!
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Yes same as a car
If your are really concerned go to your dealer and ask to read the section in the service manual on bleeding your brakes.

It will more than likely be same as you are familur with on your car. I know mine is, I have bleed bike brakes same as a car no problem.

Brake caliper furthest from the master cylinder first.

Pump up pressure and while under pressure crack the bleeder open a little.
and retighten before releasing the pressure. repeat until no air is present

Yes just like a car.

Note need to keep resivoir full and it is small , plus front brake is on the handlebar so you may need to position the steering so it does not run out when the cap is removed.

Be careful of your paint.

Good Luck
Good advice here, something I might add is suck out the old fluid from the master reservoir, I use a brake vac bleader but a turkey baster will work also, clean out the empty reservoir with brake cleaner ( I like CRC RED) and then clean all the cleaner out fill with fresh fluid, very simple really like said dont let off pressure till bleader is closed, I do hyd. clutches the same way, and U can put a vac hose on the bleader to avoid a mess, these days brake most brake fluid wont hurt factory paint if driped on it, just clean it up quick and good, I sugest hosing the whole area off with plenty of water from a hose after this is done, good luck and if U have any questions lmk, thanks Tim
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I use the vacuum bleeder as well.. much better and easier than the old pump/bleed/pump/bleed method.

One thing to note is make sure you are using the correct type of fluid and DO NOT MIX THE DIFFERENT ONES!!!!
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Regarding your neighbors problem with the pin not returning.

This part typically returns by means of a spring inside the master cylinder.
There are some O-Ring seals to keep the fluid from leaking out as this pin or piston moves.

My GUESS is he somehow managed to push the pin / piston in too far and it is now beyond the intended full stroke and the piston having gone past its intended full stroke it is now hung up by one of the the O-ring seals catching in a part of the cylinder that is beyond the intended O-ring sealing area.

I am not sure how he would have managed to do this but I am guessing it is possible.

Suggest he reads the service manual regarding the master cylinder operation and components.

Well thats my guess

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i got mine air locked when putting it all back to gether then i had to take it apart and do it agian, Sucks take your time
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