1994 Honda Goldwing Adjust the Rear Brake

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The brakes on a Honda Goldwing work similarly to the brakes on your car in that there is no traditional adjustment screw as is typically found on motorcycle rear brakes. The 1994 Honda Goldwing utilizes hydraulic brakes for both the front and rear, which requires bleeding and inspection to ascertain why the brake lever might feel spongy. Bleeding of the hydraulic brakes on a Goldwing should be performed after a brake service.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
Plastic cup
Hydraulic brake fluid
Open end wrenches
2 feet of clear 3/16-inch diameter hose

[edit] Adjust the Rear Brake

  • Support the Goldwing on its center stand to raise the rear wheel off of the ground. Check the adjustment of the right foot brake pedal by looking at the underside of the driver floorboard. Avoid adjusting the screw if there is little or no action on the rear brakes. The system will have to be bled.
  • Locate the bleeder screw on the rear brake caliper of the Goldwing. It will be brass, and may have a plastic protective cap over it. Remove the protective cap, if present, then fit the plastic hose over the bleeder and run the other end of the hose into the plastic cup.
  • Pour some hydraulic brake fluid into the plastic cup, enough to cover the end of the tube with at least 1/2 inch of fluid.
  • Remove the cover from the brake master cylinder located on the handle bar of the motorcycle and pour some hydraulic brake fluid into the reservoir, then close the cover of the reservoir again.
  • Depress the brake, then loosen the bleeder screw until old fluid runs without bubbles into the plastic cup. When there are no more bubbles, close the bleeder screw and let up on the brake.
  • Open the reservoir and pour more brake fluid in to top up. Seal the reservoir tightly, then check the brakes for proper brake "feel." If the brakes engage to your satisfaction, you are done. Remove the bleeder hose and ensure that the bleeder screw is tightly in place, then replace the protective cap. If the brakes still feel "mushy," bleed the brakes again until you get satisfactory pedal feel when applying the brakes.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • Have an assistant help you while bleeding the brakes to ease the process.
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