It is important to change your brake fluid as indicated in maintenance schedule for your model. Brake fluid will absorb moisture, and must be changed based on time, not miles/kilometers . It is recommended to change your brake fluid every two years. While this video tutorial is demonstrated on a LX150, it is the same procedure on all disc brakes.
Nice to have
- Small Flat Blade Screwdriver
- #2 Phillips Head Screwdriver
- 10mm Open-Ended or Combination Wrench
- 17mm Open-Ended Wrench
- Shop Rags
- DOT 4 Brake Fluid
- 3/16" clear tubing (or see nice to have).
- Hose clamp to hold the plastic tubing onto the nipple/bleeder valve. The bleeder nipple/valve will cause the hose to expand, and you need the clamp to make sure the hose does not pop off.
- Container to catch old brake fluid. (a plastic water bottle works well)
- Safety glasses and gloves
Nice to have
- One-way Brake Bleeder kit (such as the MOTRAX Brake Bleeder), OR
- A Vacuum Brake Line Bleeding Kit (such as the MITYVAC)
- Magnetic Tool
- Shop Light
Contributed by MV member Frank with the help of his daughter Maureen.
- Unless you are using one of the optional brake bleeder kits, you will need a helper to complete this job.
- Time is approximately 10-30 minutes depending on skill level.
- Check your model's manual for specifics.
- MV member michael_h posted some very helpful information in the post Help with Brake Fluid.
- Plastic in contact with brake fluid can become brittle. Use extreme caution to protect plastic (cowling) as well as painted surfaces from spills.
Last Updated Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:04 pm