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tuel20
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front brake help

Postby tuel20 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:07 pm



I recently replaced the front brakes. Can someone tell why after the bike sits for over a week that the front brakes tighten up-making the front wheel not wanting to turn. Iv put on a quite few miles since changing the pads. I was thinking maybe the caliper is going bad??? An thoughts??? Thanks



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Re: front brake help

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:32 pm

tuel20 wrote:I recently replaced the front brakes. Can someone tell why after the bike sits for over a week that the front brakes tighten up-making the front wheel not wanting to turn. Iv put on a quite few miles since changing the pads. I was thinking maybe the caliper is going bad??? An thoughts??? Thanks


If you crack the bleeder valve at the caliper, does it loosen up the brakes?

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Re: front brake help

Postby tuel20 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:39 am

Yes it does. I have tried bleeding them which helped. But if I let it sit they tighten back up.

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Re: front brake help

Postby dingdong » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:26 am

Your problem is more than likely in the master cylinder. Because it happens after sitting a week It could be something else though. There is a very tiny fluid return hole that gets plugged up. You will need to clean that hole out with a small wire. I use a bristle from a wire brush. Someone will be along with pictures shortly.
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tuel20
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Re: front brake help

Postby tuel20 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:41 am

Thanks-I will try that today

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Re: front brake help

Postby jeffcosmo » Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:18 pm

My Triumph would tighten up, but it was due to the calipers getting grungy due to all the winter riding i do.

Still, were the pistons easy to push back when you changed pads?? If not, might be time to un-grunge the calipers.

By 'easy', I mean strong finger pressure. If you're grunting with a 'C' clamp, you are in need of a clean.

Cosmo

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Re: front brake help

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:59 pm

Yup, what dingdong said. Have a look at How to rebuild your front master cylinder, you'll see pictures of the hole in question starting at step 8.




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