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Break Fluid Change - need help/suggestions

Have 8k on the bike and been 2 years since I bought it new, I checked/completed everything that is mentioned for the 8k maint schedule including valve clearance/adjust. Well everything...except break fluid which needs to be changed as it is over 2 yrs and looks a bit yellow/orangish.

The only instructions I could find for 1300 were these...
https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207424
...but the pics are missing.

I am afraid/nervous to mess up as it is the breaking system we are talking here and I am not even sure what bleeding means. Replacing the neck bearings is another thing that makes me nervous. So If I take it to the dealership, might as well get the neck bearings replaced.

Are there any detailed instructions out there specifically on the break fluid? any tips/suggestions or best to take to the dealership? Looking for some advise/motivation here.

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I had to replace brake pads recently. The dealer labor price was not really that bad and they replaced the brake fluid as well. The steering bearing replacement was much more expensive--$240 labor alone.

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..speed bleeders...mighty vac (comes with instructs)...or take it to an independent bike shop/mechanic..or get a quote from your dealer as to cost of replacing fluids, maybe he'll treat ya right..but it should be changed..antifreeze too..
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I did mine this past winter. I got these Speed Bleeders and it made the job a piece of cake!

http://www.speedbleeder.com/



You just replace your stock bleeders with these and it makes it very simple. A short length of clear hose over the end went into a bottle to collect the old fluid as I pumped the pedal/ lever. Just make sure that you don't let the master cylinder go dry.
The fluids don't seem to mix and you'll see the new clear fluid coming out.

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I did mine wth the mityvac and it wasn't bad, but next time, I'll get the speed bleeders as i believe that's the easiest way.

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+1 on the mighty vac. Don't think I need the speed bleaders as I only do this job every 2 yrs. Pretty easy with the mighty vac.
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Normally bleeding a brake line is to get the air out of it if the fluid was removed completely from the master cylinder. It also means to draw the fluid out through the bleed valve from the master cylinder as you replace the fluid in the master cylinder with new fluid. Just be carefull so you don't get any brake fluid on the paint. Will eat it away quickly!
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P.S. I also have the mighty vac, it is well worth the money. Even a caveman can do it.
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Have 8k on the bike and been 2 years since I bought it new, I checked/completed everything that is mentioned for the 8k maint schedule including valve clearance/adjust. Well everything...except break fluid which needs to be changed as it is over 2 yrs and looks a bit yellow/orangish.

The only instructions I could find for 1300 were these...
https://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207424
...but the pics are missing.

I am afraid/nervous to mess up as it is the breaking system we are talking here and I am not even sure what bleeding means. Replacing the neck bearings is another thing that makes me nervous. So If I take it to the dealership, might as well get the neck bearings replaced.


Are there any detailed instructions out there specifically on the break fluid? any tips/suggestions or best to take to the dealership? Looking for some advise/motivation here.

Thanks
I would not touch the brake fluid. It is funny the dealers and Honda tell you to change it so often. You never change it in your car that you have had for 3-5 years. And it is the same stuff in the same kind of system.

When my bikes get 50k miles or are 4 years old, I bleed them down a bit and add new at the top. But, I don't do a wholesale replacement.

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