Speed bleeders will make it vastly quicker, easier & less messy. You need 8 to do all the brakes & clutch which will run in the neighborhood of $60 but will make bleeding them a snap. Buy the bleeder bag too, it makes it easy to see when the old fluid is out of the lines. Fred's Videos are highly recommended, not just for this job but for many more & will quickly pay for themselves in labor savingsHow often do you guys change brake fluid? Are there any devices or tools that will aid in the changing of brake fluid?
Not sure why everyone says one year or 12K. Seems a bit overkill to me. Now if it was a snap like the final drive oil; perhaps. Most manuals (auto and motorcycle) suggest at least 2 year intervals.
Rob...Like you I change it every 12K miles or twice a year. I did have the fluid darken like light tea color in the rear brake reservoir at 8K miles so I replaced it :shock:. The fluid in the front brake & clutch reservoirs were clear. I was told by a Honda tech that it is heat in hot climates darkens the fluid in the rear and that I did that bleed for nothing :shrug:.The Service Manual says every 12k so that's where that number comes from. The Service Manual also stipulates to change the fluid at least every 2 years if you haven't put 12k on in that time.
I just keep an eye on the fluid and if it isn't very dark, I just do it during the winter. If the fluid looks to dark to me, I'll go ahead and change it then. This year I changed out the rear fluid after 6 months and 10k miles as the fluid in the reservoir looked a bit to dark to my liking.
This is on sale for 25 bucks... seeing as how the 1800 master cylinder os square can you give me some idea about which adapter u use, and how it fits on the MCI do mine every year or 12k which ever comes first (usually the 12k does) use the following http://www.harborfreight.com/brake-fluid-bleeder-92924.html to bleed it. works great and keeps the reservoir full
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I bought that one a few weeks ago and it sped up the work I just did (further guided by your vids).I like to do mine every year, as well as the clutch fluid. Motion Pro makes a one way bleeder valve I like. A MityVac will help suck the old fluid out of the reservoirs, but I don't use it on the bleeders, because it's too easy to suck the reservoir dry, and I think the manual method does a better job of getting all the air out.
I buy a 1 qt bottle of Valvoline Synpower which does all the brakes & clutch with some to spare. I usually bleed for a bit after the fluid starts running clear just to make sure I have everything out that is coming out. A 1 qt bottle was something like 8.00 the last time I bought one so not that big of an expense where the 1 pt bottles were around 5.00 ea.If Bled correctly to replace all fluid in the front, rear and clutch, how much fluid should one plan on having on hand to do the job?