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22 April 2015 @ 09:30 am
Pads & fluid  
Just got the call from my mechanic. Pads just about gone and contaminated fluid. Cost to me will be $150. Could have been worse as discs are expensive. Can't imagine how the fluid got contaminated or how the rear pads wore faster than the front (they both were replaced 7k miles ago)
meat on wheels: supermotocrankycoyote on April 22nd, 2015 06:13 pm (UTC)
Brake fluid contamination is less about miles than time and exposure to weather - the seal around the master cylinder isn't perfect, moisture gets in, etc. If the bike was ridden in the rain a lot, or sat outside in the rain, or it's been a long time since the brakes were bled, that'd do it.

I've had brake fluid last for years on a bike stored in a heated garage in a dry climate and rarely ridden in the wet, and have had it get contaminated in six months when the bike sat outside all the time and got ridden in the rain more than it was ridden in the dry (also, the master cylinder lid seal may have had a nick or was not correctly seated).

Rear pads wearing faster than the front means you're dragging the rear brake, or using it more and harder than you probably should for the street, or that you're riding off-road or in treacherous conditions. I barely ever use the rear brake in dry conditions on the street; I think it's unnecessary for most stops on pavement.
The feral red wolf with a **** eating grincloudchaser_s on April 23rd, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info :-)

The KLR isn't garage kept, but is mostly parked on either my covered porch or under the front entrance canopy at work. I do ride when it's recently rained or misting, but I prefer to avoid anything that requires a rainsuit.

It must be that I'm using the rear harder than I need to. Going to stop using it on the street and only use it when needed such as when going down my gravel road driveway
Panzier: Lake runpanzier on April 25th, 2015 09:51 am (UTC)
Change fluid yearly for long caliper life, don't avoid the rear but use more front. Pads are cheap to change, you should be able to see the wear slots with a light.
The feral red wolf with a **** eating grincloudchaser_s on April 25th, 2015 12:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip :-) I'll have to remember to ask my mechanic how much just flushing the fluid is. With a good light, I can see how thin the pads are getting
tashatashabear on April 28th, 2015 06:45 pm (UTC)
Flushing the fluid is pretty easy going forward; your owner's manual should have good instructions. :-)
The feral red wolf with a **** eating grincloudchaser_s on April 29th, 2015 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! Owner's manual didn't come with it, I got it used, but that info should be easy to find. Seems like a fluid flush should be easy to do