sticking brakes


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heymandavid14
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sticking brakes

Postby heymandavid14 » Tue May 04, 2010 1:17 am



I have a 1983 Aspy, The front brake lever seems to get hard to pull in when I come to a stop. It does not do it all the time but when it does the brakes will stick for a while before they release, The bike has new brake pads on the front and the rear are are about 75 Percent. Could there be a problem with the masterCylender. i rarely use the floor board brakes at all. where should i start to look for the problem.



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Re: sticking brakes

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 04, 2010 11:35 am

Have a look at this thread. If this is your problem (and it probably is), then it's a relatively easy fix.

You do realize, that on your bike, the rear pedal works both the rear brakes, and one of the front calipers? The hand brake operates only one front caliper, so by not using the pedal, you are getting much less than half of the entire braking capacity of your bike.

heymandavid14
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Re: sticking brakes

Postby heymandavid14 » Tue May 04, 2010 2:47 pm

I was told that it was the hand brake that operated the front and rear brakes that is why i use it so much.

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Re: sticking brakes

Postby jimac » Wed May 05, 2010 6:37 am

heymandavid14 wrote:I was told that it was the hand brake that operated the front and rear brakes that is why i use it so much.


Unfortunately, you were told wrong! It is definitely the foot brake that operates front and rear calipers. I'm surprised you found the single front disk (that the hand brake operates) enough to stop the bike. You obviously aren't riding fast enough! :D

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Re: sticking brakes

Postby RBGERSON » Thu May 06, 2010 8:47 am

Not releasing can be caused by three things collapsed line, plugged return air port in the master and the calipers not free to float on their slides..
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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heymandavid14
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Re: sticking brakes

Postby heymandavid14 » Wed May 12, 2010 3:41 pm

I noticed the right front rotor was getting hot so I removed the Caliper tore it all apart cleaned it and put it back together then took the master cylinder off and cleaned it, there was alot of gunk under the resevoir but i didn't have a rebuild kit for it so i cleaned it in my wifes kitchen sink boy did I catch hell for that, but i just worked the lever under hot water until it moved freely the let it dry a couple of days reassembled it and it works great. Thanks Guys




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