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post #11 of 19 Old 02-21-2019, 04:13 PM
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I've gone through several slave cylinders. Some come with a tethered bleeder cap. Some come with an untethered bleeder cap. Pretty easy to lose the untethered type...
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-22-2019, 08:19 PM
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Shoe laces canít be a real problem on a motorcycle. I got mine caught on the gearshifter once and now itís only Boots with no laces for me.
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I have a problem with your title on this post. You are not STUPID! Stupidity is not asking the question in the first place and taking a hammer to the problem. You are very smart to ask. And the folks here are with you all the way. Never be afraid to ask here. We are all learning. From each other. Pretty cool, eh?
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Do not pump grease in there no matter how inviting it looks. NOT a grease zerk.
aaarrgghhhh too late!
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aaarrgghhhh too late!
Probably not much of a problem though. A grease zerk uses a one-way valve that allows grease to be pumped in, but not ejected from the zerk.

A bleeder screw doesn't have this one-way valve though. It's completely closed in both directions unless you unscrew it - a quarter to a half turn is usually enough. If you pump grease into it without opening it, you will fill the bleeder valve itself but no grease should make its way into the cylinder behind. Don't worry about that little grease in the valve: It will be pushed out at the nearest hydraulic fluid service. (Unless you use the reverse bleed method, in which case you do need to clean the valve beforehand.)

What you do need to do is revise your maintenance procedures though. The maintenance manual has clear diagrams on what should be greased, and these bleeder valves are NOT listed there. What thought process led you to believe that it was a good idea to apply grease to them anyway? If you're not a competent and experienced mechanic but try to maintain your motorcycle yourself anyway, the maintenance manual should be your bible. Don't deviate from it unless you know exactly what you're doing.
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Looks like a grease nipple--military vapor barrier boots, aka bunny boots, have an air bleeder valve to open when ascending to high altitudes so the boot doesn't rupture. The valve looks lots like a dzerk fitting for grease. Not unheard of to convince a greenhorn, especially a gullible and obnoxious one, working in the north that they are indeed grease fittings and need frequent lubing so the boots don't squeak. Then the boots conduct cold to the feet more than insulate them and greenhorn needs to source a new pair pronto.

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Now that I'm thinking about it, does the V-Strom (any model, any year) has any grease zerks at all? My 2002 DL1000 certainly hasn't. The only things that need to be greased are things like lever hinges, and you just use a spray can on those. The places where you could possibly expect a grease zerk on a motorcycle, like wheel hubs, steering head and swingarm pivots, do not have any because at least my Strom uses sealed bearings there.
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Now that I'm thinking about it, does the V-Strom (any model, any year) has any grease zerks at all? My 2002 DL1000 certainly hasn't. The only things that need to be greased are things like lever hinges, and you just use a spray can on those. The places where you could possibly expect a grease zerk on a motorcycle, like wheel hubs, steering head and swingarm pivots, do not have any because at least my Strom uses sealed bearings there.
My 2007 doesn't have any zerks anywhere. In the owner's manual, one is instructed to "lubricate the chassis" periodically. Yet there is no way (or need) to add grease to any of the joints or bearings you've mentioned. Go figure.

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The overall shape is similar, but there are obvious visual differences between zerk fittings and brake/hydraulic bleeder screws. Grease 'zerk' fittings are mostly flat (not hollow) on top, and the ball valve is usually visible.
Like this:

Bleeder screws look a bit different:


The overall shape is actually pretty similar, but the big empty hole is a tip-off.
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