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Old 06-29-2019, 06:19 PM   #1
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2004 VRSCB Front brake barely works

So I recently bought this bike and I’m having a major front brake issue. The lever damn near comes all the way to the handle bar before it grabs anything. Pads and rotors look good so I figured it just needed to be bleed. Got some DOT 5 fluid and ran it through the entire front brakes.

The problem is, I can’t use the typical bleeder method since I don’t get any feedback from the lever, it doesn’t want to push any fluid out. Am I looking at a new rebuild kit for the front master cylinder since I can’t even get it to bleed?
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Old 06-29-2019, 06:57 PM   #2
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Line could be blocked up. Disconnect the brake line at the master cylinder and try pumping the lever. If no fluid then master cylinder is screwed. If it does squirt fluid you have a blockage in the line.
PS: Make sure you are using the correct fluid. Check the cap on the Master cylinder. If you used the wrong fluid then you have to completely flush the entire system and get the correct type in there.

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Old 06-29-2019, 08:04 PM   #3
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It says DOT 5 which I put in. The old fluid was dark and yellow and the new fluid was purple. I put it in the reservoir and purple fluid made it through each bleeder screw by gravity bleeding which leads me to believe that there is no blockage.
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Old 06-30-2019, 06:53 PM   #4
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flush system properly and when finished push the pistons into their seats to expell traped air.
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