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Old 08-19-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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GSW Brake Fluid leak at Reservoir

Guys, I notice a trail of brake fluid around the cap on my GSW about a week back and also a few small drops next to the eservoir. I had recently competed the first 600 miles service and I guess it went unnoticed or probably the leak didn't happen by then.

Today I notice tiny bits of oil on the clutch reservoir as well but not as much as the brake side. The fluid level on both shows the level window as full.

Is this a case of over filled fluid at PDI or is there another problem. I don't live in high/low altitude either.

Had a similar issue on my Morini and the factory said it was recall as bikes were filled with to much brake fluid.






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Old 08-19-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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Over filled clutch was a somewhat common complaint last year. Or maybe it's just that the clutch has a lot of initial wear until the plates are flat --- the fluid rises in the reservoir as the clutch wears. Most every service I open the clutch reservoir and check that it is not above the full mark. If it is a little has to come out.

I haven't noticed anything similar on the brake side.
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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My brake reservoir cap was weeping so just dropped the level a bit as it looked over full to me, same for clutch it was well above the full mark.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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Last week I reduced the oil from both the clutch and brake reservoirs. Both had oil to the brim. Now while the brake res is showing very tiny dots of oil at the edge of the cap the clutch res is getting misted with oil from below the cap. What have I done wrong? Did I over tighten the screws? Oil level in both is much below the surface of the rubber gaskets so excess oil aint the issue. Do we put the rubber gaskets and then out the cover or insert the rubber gaskets into the covers and then place on the reservoirs while refitting those?


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Old 08-26-2014, 09:53 PM   #5
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Check with your dealer, one tire customer had the same problem on his 2012 RT and there is a recall.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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Last week I reduced the oil from both the clutch and brake reservoirs. Both had oil to the brim. Now while the brake res is showing very tiny dots of oil at the edge of the cap the clutch res is getting misted with oil from below the cap. What have I done wrong? Did I over tighten the screws? Oil level in both is much below the surface of the rubber gaskets so excess oil aint the issue. Do we put the rubber gaskets and then out the cover or insert the rubber gaskets into the covers and then place on the reservoirs while refitting those?


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Just checked mine again and it has and it is weeping a bit again after a ride at the weekend, I pulled the gasket right out and dried it as much as I could, will give it another go. if it still leaks will have a talk with the dealer.
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Old 08-27-2014, 03:19 PM   #7
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Same leak on my '14 GSW.

Be careful, the leak on mine has caused a couple of small paint bubbles on the grey plastics where I had my steering locked and the reservoir was over the right side. Going to get the dealer to look at it next service and hopefully warranty the plastic.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:21 AM   #8
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Mine has only weeped a little but I will keep a close eye on it. Lets know how you go with the dealer as to a fix.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:41 PM   #9
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I have the same issue. Clutch side is leaking quite a bit and the brake side is sweating a bit.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:59 PM   #10
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They'll do that if there is fluid in the screw holes before you put the screws in. I think it is in the procedure to make sure there isn't fluid in the holes.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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Have GSW that also had same problem with minor weeping around brake cover reservoir. Took it to dealer, who said it's a common problem with the K-bikes, and have seen it on some of the GSW as well. They replaced the reservoir cap free of charge, which fixed the problem.


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Guys, I notice a trail of brake fluid around the cap on my GSW about a week back and also a few small drops next to the eservoir. I had recently competed the first 600 miles service and I guess it went unnoticed or probably the leak didn't happen by then.

Today I notice tiny bits of oil on the clutch reservoir as well but not as much as the brake side. The fluid level on both shows the level window as full.

Is this a case of over filled fluid at PDI or is there another problem. I don't live in high/low altitude either.

Had a similar issue on my Morini and the factory said it was recall as bikes were filled with to much brake fluid.








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