2008 Victory Vision Brake Failure Issue
I posted this in the Vision forum. It may be more appropriate to have it here.
A co-worker of mine has a 2008 Victory Vision with about 1,500 miles on it.
Problem: rear brake pedal goes all the way down, and does not engage the brakes.
Dealer A solution - This is a known issue. If the bike is not ridden for 6 months, air gets into the system. Polaris is aware of this issue. The Polaris recommended solution is to bleed the brake lines.
Dealer B solution - This is a known issue with DOT 5 fluid. It needs to be maintained, or bled. (I will cut dealer B a little slack.. this came from a sales person who obviously did not know what they were talking about.. the manual clearly recommends DOT4.)
The Dealer A solution sounds fishy to me as well. Brake fluid should be good to go for two years in most situations. I did a little hunting around the Polaris parts fische, and found that there are two differences between the brakes on the 2008 model, and the 2009/2010 models. First, more color choices on the 2009/2010. More importantly, the master cylinder part number changed from the 2008 model of 1910936-385 to 1911378-385. Interestingly, Polaris did not update the part number on the master cylinder for the 2008 model.. just a new number on the 2009 and 2010. All other parts in the brake system (calipers, lines, bushings, etc) remained the same. I would have expected some sort of update notation on the part number for the 2008 model on the 2008 fische.
I have not found any official recalls on this matter. If this is a "known issue" with the brakes, it sounds odd that there would not be a recall of some sort. I found some info on the Auto Recall Information for Consumers web site. Those just seem to be user complaints. The users complaint's are along the lines of what dealer A is telling my co-worker.
My thoughts are that my buddy should demand that the master cylinder be replaced under warranty as a starting point. The bike is still under warranty until December.
So far, the only documented fixes I have found are to bled the brakes, and one case of replacing the master cylinder.
Have you had this issue? What did you do to fix it?