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post #1 of 27 Old 02-11-2020, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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$1,900 for replacing ABS unit in SF

Hello,

I have a 2014 ninja 1,000.

The master cylinder front break started to feel really hard.

I went to the service shop since I needed to replace the front and the read pads.
I assumed that they will bleed out the air from the system and it will solve the issue.

The service shop bleed the air out but it didn't solved the problem.
Then, they swapped the master cylinder and it also didn't solved the issue.

They said it's the ABS unit that probably contain air, or needs to be replace.
BTW, the ABS light turn on for the first couple of feet and then turned off, witch is perfectly normal behave.
They also said that if I interested to take the motorcycle without fixing this, I need to sign a paper, since it is very dangerous.

Is it a normal price for ABS unit + labor in San Francisco?

If the unit cost, let's say $900,
A hour of work cost $140,

Is it a 4 hours work?

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post #2 of 27 Old 02-11-2020, 11:42 PM
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$1500.00 is what I was quoted, I told the service manager that the bikes brake system was malfunctioning and the abs light was working showing the system operable, the manager called Kawasaki and called me and said Kawasaki was going to provide the replacement pump for free, I was charged $350.00 for brake service.
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Kawasaki was going to provide the replacement pump for free
Thank you very much for your reply.

Is your motorcycle was under warranty?

I do not see a business justification that Kawasaki will give me the ABS unit for free.
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No my bike is a 2012 it was 6 yrs old when my pump went out.
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$1500.00 is what I was quoted, I told the service manager that the bikes brake system was malfunctioning and the abs light was working showing the system operable, the manager called Kawasaki and called me and said Kawasaki was going to provide the replacement pump for free, I was charged $350.00 for brake service.
You say the brakes were malfunctioning. What were the symptoms?? Mine seem to be working fine but recently the lever seems to require a bit more force and the lever freeplay before the brakes engage is shorter. All else is good after thorough inspection.
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That price is high, but it's probably legit if you replace the abs pump with a brand new one. Much less, for the pump, if you find a used one on ebay.

Is this the first time the break fluid has been changed?
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Did you already pay for work done before the ABS failure diagnosis? If not then you might be getting a deal.

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Out of curiosity, how often did you replace the brake fluid ?
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Thanks everybody for your replies.

1. The symptom is that the master cylinder front break very hard. So hard, that it's actually not safe to ride.

2. According to the service manual, I need to replace the break fluid every 15k miles.
I replace the fluid every time I replace the pads (8k~).

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Did you already pay for work done before the ABS failure diagnosis? If not then you might be getting a deal.
I didn't paid nothing yet. The breakdown is:
$260 for front and rear pads + fluid replace, and bleed air out from the system.
$140 for an hour of diagnostic (bleed air out from the ABS unit).
$60 for 30~ minutes for swapping to another master cylinder front break.

Total: $460.

The desk guy at the service shop said that everything will cost $2300.
So Abs unit + labor is $1840.

What do you mean be "I might be getting a deal"?

I came to the service shop in order to replace the pads AND to solve the issue, but this cost sounds VERY expensive.

Another thing that I do not understand:
If there is a problem in the ABS unit, the light should turn on, no?
And if it's a ABS unit problem, the rear break should also needs to be hard to press?

An important information:
I have an after market master cylinder (with a Italy flag on it).
When I purchased the motorcycle with this after market item, it was soft as butter.

Thinks started to be hard when I replaced the break pads.

BTW, Does 2014 Kawasaki ninja 1000 has an open or close system?

Thanks

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Tell your service manager to contact Kawasaki about the pump, tell him you know of others that has had this issue and Kawasaki provided the pump for free as this is a malfunction of Kawasaki’s system because the lights sequence shows the system is working and it’s really not, that’s a big safety issue.
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