Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Guys, thanks. Let me start by saying I'm a complete n00b at this. I've never done brake work of any kind before so I am probably missing something obvious.
Here's what I've done:
1. Filled Master cylinder after replacing brake lines.
2. Loosened the bleeder screw on right brake caliper and used a Mighty Vac pump to pull fluid down.
3. Repeated step 2 for the left brake caliper.
4. To build pressure I started by treating the MC banjo bolt like it was a bleeder valve. I pumped the brake lever several times, held it down, loosened the banjo bolt, tightened the banjo bolt, and released the brake lever. I repeated this several times to build pressure.
5. I went to the right caliper bleed screw and pumped the brake lever several times, held it down, loosened the bleed screw, tightened the bleed screw, and released the brake lever.
6. I repeated step 5 for the left caliper.
I was finally able to build pressure using these methods. But something still worries me. No matter how I tried I kept getting air bubbles through the mighty vac hose when I tried to use it to remove the air from the caliper bleed screws. I don't know if I had the screw too loose or too tight but I was not able to remove the air this way.
I went for a test ride and my pressure seems about 95% of what it should be. But I hear these little "barks" and "squelches" when I apply heavy front brake pressure sometimes.
Are my brakes going to fail and will I die in a fire?