Front Brake Problems


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steelersman72
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Front Brake Problems

Postby steelersman72 » Fri May 17, 2013 3:51 am



I have a 1976 GL1000 and I am having a problem with my brake light coming on when I use my front brake, it works about half the time. I have checked the pads and they are only about half worn and I have checked the fluid level and it is at the full mark. I have to get it registered this month and I can't figure out what is going on with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 17, 2013 11:29 am

So am I understanding that when you squeeze the brake lever,the brake light may or may not light up????
If so..there is a switch at the brake lever..follow the 2 wires to it...they do wear out and might be able to be cleaned.....
If you short the 2 wires together,the brake lamp should light(key on).The same is true for the switch that is spring connected to the foot brake.

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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby Placerville » Fri May 17, 2013 12:10 pm

Your Stop Switch #35350-300-016, is located on the left side of your front brake "T" (as shown below). As virgilmobile says, it's probably the source of your problem with a possibility of loose wiring being a close second. Make sure your connectors at the switch are clean and tight, there are no other wiring issues then, do his test. If it proves the trouble to the switch, remove it and soak it in PB Blaster. These switches cannot be disassembled and repaired. If a cleaning doesn't work (and it usually doesn't), and because these switches are no longer available from Honda, you'll need to go shopping on eBay. However, a used one may be no better than yours. You can also seek out a NOS item where you can find it. Here's one on eBay right now. You may find others at such sites as David Silver Spares (UK & US).
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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby virgilmobile » Fri May 17, 2013 12:24 pm

No guarantee,but if needed,you can investigate a 'hydraulic brake light switch' on Google,NAPA,etc.
There might be a automotive one that will thread in there.

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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby steelersman72 » Fri May 17, 2013 8:36 pm

Thank you for all the help, I will tear into it this weekend and see what I can see.
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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby spookytooth » Fri May 17, 2013 8:39 pm

Placerville wrote:Your Stop Switch #35350-300-016, is located on the left side of your front brake "T" (as shown below). As virgilmobile says, it's probably the source of your problem with a possibility of loose wiring being a close second. Make sure your connectors at the switch are clean and tight, there are no other wiring issues then, do his test. If it proves the trouble to the switch, remove it and soak it in PB Blaster. These switches cannot be disassembled and repaired. If a cleaning doesn't work (and it usually doesn't), and because these switches are no longer available from Honda, you'll need to go shopping on eBay. However, a used one may be no better than yours. You can also seek out a NOS item where you can find it. Here's one on eBay right now. You may find others at such sites as David Silver Spares (UK & US).


Huh... Mine is definitely on the master cylinder.. You can get a new brake lever/master cylinder on eBay for less than $40.

*edit* to the original question... By your description it is almost definitely the switch. Pull the two wires off the switch and touch them together with the key in the on position. If it lights up consistantly it is the switch. If it's still intermittent you have a wiring issue elsewhere. Hope for the switch...

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Re: Front Brake Problems

Postby Fred Camper » Sat May 18, 2013 10:02 am

The 1976 has the switch in the tee, not the master. But you can switch to a newer master cylinder with switch. That is what I did to improve brake feel.




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