Squeeling Brakes


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binder49
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Squeeling Brakes

Postby binder49 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:17 pm



I have another question for the experts. I just replaced the brake pads, and switched to braided steel lines on my 1980 GL1100. Now my front brakes squeel like mad when not using them. Especially at slower speeds. I also noticed my rotors are hot. If I pull the lever the squeeling stops. I also had the front wheel off to replace the fender if that makes a difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Mike



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Re: Squeeling Brakes

Postby seabee_ » Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:22 pm

Sounds like your brakes are not fully releasing. The squeal is actually vibration resonating from the brake assembly due to the pads in contact with the rotor. While squeezing the lever, that puts pressure on the pads and rotors, so the vibration disappears. You had to remove the calipers to remove the wheel, did you clean and lube the slide pins while you had it apart? Check your calipers and see if they move freely. Is it the left, right or both front rotors?
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Re: Squeeling Brakes

Postby binder49 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:16 am

Seems to be alittle of the left one

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Re: Squeeling Brakes

Postby virgilmobile » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:49 pm

Left brake drag?.Clean the return port under the fluid bowl on the handlebar master cylinder and flush the system clean.
Any debris can restrict that tiny hole and keep pressure on the pads.

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Re: Squeeling Brakes

Postby binder49 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:25 pm

Thanks for the advice. Ordered a master cylinder kit, and I'm going to clean it out




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