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I noticed my book says to change your brake fluid on a GL1800 at 12,000 miles.
I have never changed brake fluid in anything. Is this needed. And do any of you have any tips you can share. Thank you!

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We just finished changing the clutch and brake fluids on two 2005 GL1800's.

The first had 43000 miles and the second had 33000 miles. Both of these needed changing badly. The fluid was dark and had dirty settiments in the reservoirs. So I would change them.



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Hi jjanes. I find it best to pretty well follow the mfg. recommendations for changing brake fluid. Brake fluid does collect moisture over a period of time. In the olden days I have found pitting in the bottom of master and wheel cylinders on cars. Changing fluid every so often could have prevented this. The pitting in the metalis caused by water settling there. Just my thoughts.

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I hope you have an easier time getting the air out of the lines of your 1800 than I am with my 1100

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Don't let any brake fluid get on the paint, it will cause it to lift and peal. Best if you can cover everything with plastic and keep a bucket of soapy water handy.


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I'm sure you'll get more guidance on this subject, but here's my .02 worth. Yes, change the fluid. Invest in a Might-Vac and suck the new fluid in from the bottom...don't get air in your system whatever you do. Cover the entire bike with a painters drop cloth and punch the master cylinders thru the plastic. Don't ask me how I know this. Add, suck, add, suck, and so forth until the new fluid arrives in the Mighty-Vac.
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I noticed my book says to change your brake fluid on a GL1800 at 12,000 miles.
I missed that! Guess I'll be doing mine in the spring.

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What's a Mighty-Vac and where do you get one?

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What's a Mighty-Vac and where do you get one?
Harbor Freight (cheaper) or most any auto parts store. Ask for vaccum pump for bleeding brakes.

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Changing brake fluid every other year is my schedule. A very good inexpensive tool for brake bleeding comes from Harbor Freight. I have a Mighty Vac but prefer the metal tool since I don't like brake fluid on my Mighty Vac.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92474

The brake system on a motorcycle contains a very small amount of fluid compared to a car or truck. Since the fluid is designed to absorb water that gets into the system it doesn't take as much water to seriously contaminate the fluid. Once the water exceeds the absorbtion capability in the brake fluid corrosion begins inside the brake system. I find that every other year changing is sufficient in my damp area, the fluid that comes out is nearly as clean as fresh stuff. Besides reducing corrosiona biennial flush keeps the bleeder screws from freezing in place.

Take a good look at your master cylinders where the clutch andbrake leverspush on the piston rods. If you see any dampness there indicating fluid seeping out it's time to rebuild the masters.Fluid seeping out means water seeping in and that's bad news.

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