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    Ok so getting big orange Brake Failure on screen. Also red parking brake light comes on. Both are intermittent while driving. Is this as bad as it seems?
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    Just needs a little brake fluid added.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowbelt Spyder View Post
    Just needs a little brake fluid added.


    This is where I'd start at least. When I had just purchased my used 2015 that light came on and the bike would roll after being shut down. Freaked me out because I was still getting to know everything about it. But yes a little brake fluid took care of the problem and it really hasn't needed any since. Put it in by the cap full. It doesn't need a lot usually once the light comes on unless there are other things going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeftCoast View Post


    This is where I'd start at least. When I had just purchased my used 2015 that light came on and the bike would roll after being shut down. Freaked me out because I was still getting to know everything about it. But yes a little brake fluid took care of the problem and it really hasn't needed any since. Put it in by the cap full. It doesn't need a lot usually once the light comes on unless there are other things going on.
    Well that looks easy enough that I can do it. Is there a preferred type of brake fluid or are they pretty much all the same?
    Fred is a 2010 RT SM5.

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    Read your operator's guide; it will tell you what brake fluid to use and, no, you can't mix them.
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    Did Adding A little Brake Fluid Fix the Problem? .......
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    One little detail that you should be aware of. There are only two reasons that the brake fluid will be low.
    1. There is a leak. The leak could be at any one (or several) of the MANY joints in the system.
    2. The brake pads are worn. As they wear, the pistons that push them move, requiring fluid to take up the space behind them. This is particularly noteworthy if you add fluid now, then replace the pads. When you replace the pads, the pistons need to be pupshed back into the caliper, which pushes fluid back into the reservoir. If you had recently added fluid, it might overflow out of the reservoir.

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    1 more question... How many cap fulls should I add? I'm not in a place where I can bleed the brakes so don't suggest that.
    Fred is a 2010 RT SM5.

    I am not a mechanic. When I have a tool in my hand, 911 needs to be on Standby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Blue View Post
    Did Adding A little Brake Fluid Fix the Problem? .......
    I just added it today. Had to go get some from my local motorcycle shop. I did run the bike in neutral for about 10 minutes afterward. The brake failure lights did not come back on. So at the moment, we look good.

    Thank you sir!
    Fred is a 2010 RT SM5.

    I am not a mechanic. When I have a tool in my hand, 911 needs to be on Standby.


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    Usually not much should be able to see min/max lines on reservoir may need flashlight don’t forget “on level surface” some go by the “floats” inside reservoir, enough to get flush with top of ring they sit in. Do suggest noting mileage & checking remaining thickness of pads.

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    Update??

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