Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ellensburg, Wa, Washington, USA
Well, I've been having trouble with my linked brakes on my Honda ST1300, and had to break into the system to replace something called a secondary master cylinder...which sticks...often....and then it drags your rear brakes! PITA!
Well, Red and I got it swapped out, and then went to exchange our brake fluid, and then bleed it....simple, right? Nope! Not on your life!
Our first try was a disaster....I couldn't suck up enough fluid and air with my handheld mityvac, just couldn't do it.... Linked brakes are greato, but it takes a lot of suction to flood the system, especially if you replace that complete assembly......
Well, we needed something better, and fast, if we were going to Nassir. We didn't have the scratch for a $300 trick commercial brake machine, but we did have the smarts to utilize our old Hoover vacuum cleaner. We spent probably under $15 on a snap-shut container (Bi-Mart), three barbed hose receptors (Napa), and a plastic pipe elbow, screw in plug, and vinyl tubing (ACE Hardware). I sealed the barbs into the receptacle and the screw in plug with silicon adhesive (Shoe-Goo, actually). We took our vacuum cleaner hose to the hardware store to get a correct fit........ The thing worked like a charm, and probably as good as $300-$400 worth of commercial brake machine.... we went back to my wonderful father-in-law's borrowed garage, hooked it all up, and with Red pouring and me bleeding and our Hoover sucking, we got a firm pedal and a firm lever in under an hour!
Here's our baby below! Try it yourself; it makes it so easy we swapped our clutch fluid as an afterthought!
First name: Mel (Red\'s: Sandy)
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