Part of the monthly maintenance on your GEM vehicle should be inspecting the brake system. As part of this process:
1. Check the brake system for fluid leaks.
2. Check the brake pedal for excessive travel or a spongy feel.
3. Check the friction pads for wear, damage and looseness.
4. Inspect the brake disc spline and pad wear surface for excessive wear.
5. Change pads (1) when worn to 0.030 inches (0.762 mm), as shown below, for GEM e2, e4, e6 and GEM eLXD models. The brake pad is part number 1912622.
For GEM eM1400 LSV models, change pads when worn to 3/64 inch (1 mm), the distance between (1) and (2) in the below image. The brake pad is part number 1913585. A kit that includes four brake pads is part number 2208160.
Before each operation of your GEM vehicle, inspect the brake fluid level. If the level drops between fluid checks, add brake fluid as needed. Your authorized GEM Dealer can provide service.
To check the brake fluid level:
1. Position the vehicle on a level surface.
2. Open the hood. The brake fluid reservoir is located on the driver's side of the vehicle, above and to the rear of the front tire.
3. View the brake fluid level in the reservoir. The level should be between the upper or MAX (1) and lower or MIN (2) level lines.
4. If the fluid level is lower than the upper level line, add brake fluid to the upper or MAX line.
5. Apply the brake forcefully for a few seconds and check for fluid leakage around the fittings.
Change the brake fluid level every two years and anytime the fluid becomes contaminated, the fluid level is below the minimum or if the type and brand of fluid in the reservoir are unknown. Polaris DOT 4 brake fluid is part number 2872189. After opening a bottle of brake fluid, always discard any unused portion. Never store or use a partial bottle. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it rapidly absorbs moisture from the air. The moisture causes the boiling temperature of the brake fluid to drop, which can lead to early brake fade and the possibility of an accident or severe injury.
Brake fluid may cause damage to painted and finished surfaces. Use caution when refilling the brake fluid reservoir.
Do not apply WD-40 or any petroleum product to brake discs. These types of products are flammable and also may reduce the friction between the brake pad and caliper.
For more information, see your authorized GEM Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.