Rear brake pedal sticking...no return


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bubba9710
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Rear brake pedal sticking...no return

Postby bubba9710 » Fri May 01, 2015 7:58 pm



Ok fellow Wing-nuts...my beloved '81 GL1100 developed a new, interesting, and not so pleasant issue coming out of storage this year. I took it for a tour around the lake and discovered that, when I apply the rear brake, the pedal doesn't return. I either have to bend over and pull it up by hand or try to slip a boot toe under it. Neither is especially convenient. I opened up the brake fluid reservoir and pumped several times...I'm not seeing any bubbles...so, it doesn't seem to be air in the lines. I could be wrong. Ideas? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Rear brake pedal sticking...no return

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Fri May 01, 2015 8:47 pm

Probably you need to give the rear system a flush through with some new fluid. But more than likely the relief/return hole is blocked and not letting the fluid return to the reservoir.

You might need to remove it and give it an overhaul.


Is it actually working - and the brake dragging? if so the caliper might need a rebuild or clean up as well.

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Re: Rear brake pedal sticking...no return

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri May 01, 2015 9:38 pm

How old is the spring on the brake pedal?

It doesn't have one.

Have you cleaned up the pivot point on the brake pedal?

I had the same problem on my bike many years ago. So my mind did not keep on how I fixed it.
I do remember it was a simple fix. Such as cleaning the joint on the brake pedal.

Get under the bike and clean those areas you never see. Another place is the center stand bracket.
Take that apart and put a slab of grease in there. Will help to keep it from rusting out as quick.

let us know what you find out.

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Re: Rear brake pedal sticking...no return

Postby bubba9710 » Sat May 02, 2015 2:17 pm

Thanks for the advice folks! I did a real solid cleaning job on the pivot point for the brake pedal and everything is working 100%!! It's just another item to add to my annual maintenance schedule.

Keep the rubber side down my fellow Wing-nuts!!
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Re: Rear brake pedal sticking...no return

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 04, 2015 2:24 pm

Very common problem. When you clean up the pivot, re-pack with grease, it's good for many years to come.




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