Value of replacing most of the brake fluid in a 2004 RT?
I like to use the local motorcycle shop for routine service work. They have done a routine motorcycle brake fluid change, which changes out most of the fluid in the front and rear brake lines. I did this before I realized you need to remove the gas tank to access all 3 circuits since it has power brakes. It is time consuming and expensive ( I would need to go to a dealer) for me to properly change the brake fluid.
My question; how much value is there in a "routine motorcycle" brake fluid change as compared to changing out 100% of the fluid? I am not a mechanic, but I am assuming all 3 circuits have to communicate and by removing the fluid in both the front and rear reservoirs, front and rear brake lines and calipers, you are removing most of the old brake fluid?
I am guessing people have been either intentionally or unintentionally doing this for years. And I realize it is not the ideal solution, but it is a compromise, and a lot better than not changing out the brake fluid at all.
Thanks for any opinions.
This brake system has been around a very long time.
If you are old enough to remember, ABS was introduced back in the 60's. Didn't work great then but its still the same basic principals in 2013. Dual servo brakes have been around since WWII in FWD trucks, didn't work so great back then and integral braking, think back to the day when you blew a brake line on Gramp's truck and you went for a bit of "ride". There was even a time, 150,000 lbs of semi hurtled down the highway without front brakes. Then they got real smart and put front brake limiting on them. Imagine, front wheels locked and the drives and trailer have twice the brake pressure. Can you say, "Yee Haw, OH DAMN!" Shortly after that, you had a couple scenarios, a crash, needed new underwear or you and everyone in your path was just dead.
The point I'm trying to make, and I keep trying to make on these forums, there a fart smellers or smart fellers out there. There is no way I'm smart enough to know everything but I am smart to know I don't know everything and I enjoy reading the "opinions" expressed here. There is more than one way to do a given task and certainly different ways to understand the same basic principals.
After reading this post, I'm glad I have an R1100RT instead of the more complicated systems. I think that's mostly because I'm lazy and just want to ride.
Last couple comments, BMW hasn't used an original system, ever. They are proud of introducing CAN BUS Multiplexing on the cars/bikes as "innovative". Your first Window's printer is more complex and It's been around since 1990 on machinery. Every technician/mechanic deserves respect. They ain't turning wrenches for a living because they are stooopid. Factory/dealership training aside, we are just like everybody else, dirtier at times though.
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