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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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DYI brake fluid replacement/bleeding

I Bought my 2013 Bonneville a year ago, and got to thinking, has the brake fluid EVER been changed? It was looking pretty amber colored. Front pads needed changing, so I thought, let’s get it done.
New pads in, on to bleeding out the old and in with the new. Bleeding out the front is fairly simple, as you can reach the lever with one hand whilst working the bleed screw.
The rear? With the pedal and reservoir on one side and the caliper on the other, I couldn’t figure how to do it. YouTube to the rescue- Delboy’s Garage showed a clever trick to make this easy for one person to do. Using a 24” slide clamp, ( $7.00 at Harbor Freight) clamp it onto the brake pedal with the slide part extending vertically. You may need to tie back the foot peg. Then simply push forward what is now a lever to put pressure on the pedal, whilst working the rear bleeder! Works perfectly! Fresh brakes feel so good! Thanks Delboy!
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Well done.
I agree those Delboy's garage videos are great.
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Huh. That's a cool way of doing it! I've always sat on the floor behind the bike, stretching myself out to hold the bleed screw wrench with one hand, while I push on the pedal with the other. Not comfortable.

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My solution was even simpler/cheaper! I just tied a length of rope to the brake pedal and run it under the bike so I could on pull it (creating a downward pull on the brake pedal) from the left side while messing with the caliper bleed nut.
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Well done.
I agree those Delboy's garage videos are great.
I use to be fan of the Delboy but got banned from his comments section for asking how to deal with ABS brake bleeding due to the need to cycle the solenoids etc. He thought I was sounding "incredibly pious" and blocked me from future postings.
Since then he's really gone off the deep end IMHO with his content and trying to get other channels taken down b/c they criticized him.

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You all are more talented than I am. I have to say "Hey babe, want to do something fun?". By the time she figures out it's not that much fun, the rear brake is pretty well bled.
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Good move, Cajun, but that trick only works once...

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You all are more talented than I am. I have to say "Hey babe, want to do something fun?". By the time she figures out it's not that much fun, the rear brake is pretty well bled.
"Remember when I [cleaned your car, took it for an oil change, hung that painting on the dining room wall] for you? Now I need some help for a few minutes. I'll give you gloves and a seat, and some rags, all you have to do is hold the reservoir and pour fluid into it without spilling it."

She's a good sport about it, and I appreciate it.

I've had enough practice with the front brake that I don't need help with it anymore.

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That's too new tech for me.
I wrap a sock around the brake pedal and use a monster box wrench as a lever.
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I use to be fan of the Delboy but got banned from his comments section for asking how to deal with ABS brake bleeding due to the need to cycle the solenoids etc. He thought I was sounding "incredibly pious" and blocked me from future postings.
Since then he's really gone off the deep end IMHO with his content and trying to get other channels taken down b/c they criticized him.

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I listen/watched that video for 9 min and couldnt figure out what the hell he was saying!
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