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coneger
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front brakes

Postby coneger » Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:19 am



Need a little advice as well as how to; Front brakes pretty well locked up in closed position. How do I get them un-stuck?? Brake handle is about 1/2 way pulled, maybe a little on the plus side.
What cause the problem? Hasn't been that long sine I had shop replace pads.
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Fred Camper
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Re: front brakes

Postby Fred Camper » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:32 pm

Often that is a plug in a very small hole in the front master cylinder. If that orifice gets a bit of debris in it, the brakes no longer release. Have you opened the caliper bleed fitting on each caliper to see if that allows the pressure to release? That is a first step.

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Placerville
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Re: front brakes

Postby Placerville » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:15 pm

Yes to Fred's advice. If opening the bleeder valve causes your pads to retract, that's proof that the 'spooge hole' (lower right) is clogged. Use a VERY small piece of wire to clear it. Don't drill it out to 'make it bigger'.

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coneger
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Re: front brakes

Postby coneger » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:51 pm

Placerville, copy that, lower rite corner and small wire.
Thanks to both you guys for responding

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Re: front brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:15 pm

coneger wrote:Placerville, copy that, lower rite corner and small wire.
Thanks to both you guys for responding


A guitar string works, or I take a wire brush and clip one of the bristles off, then hold that wire in a pair of needlenose pliers to clean it out.

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petesgoldwing
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Re: front brakes

Postby petesgoldwing » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:16 pm

In future it is also a good idea to replace the old fluid from time to time. It helps me keep safe when stopping. Not have to be concerned about stopping ok. :idea:




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