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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2010, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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When brake fluid spills.........

The best plan is to prevent/avoid the situation; but of mice and men, the best plan may fall through. On Saturday morning I found my left fairing electronic control panal with white residue and drips of brake fluid from the clutch matser reservoir. The two JIS screws were loose and the fluid had seeped from the top gasket. The painted fairing under the electronic control panal also had white runs on it and the trim strip had wrinkled/soft paint. The Hazzard button was gummy. I used hot soapy water to flush the area and acetic acid formula Windex to clean with toilet paper to absorb as much as possible. When I would clean it, it the paint would turn black again, as it dried it was white. Very ugly for sure. The wrinkled paint on the trim strip acted like wet decal material and I pushed it back into place fairly well but still guly white blotches. I then used some All Purpose GO-JO Hand Cleaner to coat the affected area and the wiped it clean. The paint stayed black, is still black tonight (Sunday). The "scars" on the panel still show if you look close, but the fairing "fared" pretty well. The trim strip has to be replaced.

So, if it happens to you, think to try GO-JO Hand Cleaner, the non-abrasive type, of course.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2010, 10:08 PM
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That sucks. Sorry to hear of your misfortune. Murphy gets you every time.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 09:17 AM
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Good info on the GoJo. I never would have thought to try that.

Many folks overfill the front brake and clutch lever reservoirs. You need to leave a LARGE air gap in there. You will also have problems when you push the pucks in on the calipers to install new pads if you have the reservoirs too full. Only fill those reservoirs to the lowest line. They don't need a lot of fluid in them.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Good pointers, Fred. This was the clutch and I did have it set to the lower point, but that dang stuff seems to creep around in there like an octopuss. Another think to consider about the clutch; according to Mr. Stu Oltman the clutch fluid level in the reservoir raises as the clutch plates wear. That is opposite of the brake situation. I thought of the GO-JO becasue it was right there on the work bench. Hope the paint is still black when I get home.

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When Traxxion worked on my bike two years ago theyTRAXXIONIZED and put on new BRAKE PADS. They let a little brake fluid drip on the tank that was not noticed til the next day. We polished with compound the next day(Max helped) it was under the paint. It would not come out. I got a new tank cover
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I got some brake fluid on the left pocket door and it bleached the surface white. I put some Mother's "BACK TO BLACK" on the spots and it turned the spots black.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-05-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Laen, the "trick" may not work in other colors. I knew it would not buff out or polish out, the Go-Joe is just a slick colloid substance. The fluid had been on mine for at least a day and night too. I just checked the finish again and its still black. The side trim is history, but the panel and faring are servicable (not pristine). So, if Traxxion had done this to me, they would probably insist on supplying new parts. SInce I did it to my own bike, I guess I will accept the depreciation and ride on.

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