rear brakes

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rear brakes

Post by jblatti » Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:26 pm

I am going to start working on my bike myself. I'm interested in lerning how. My first problem is my brake lever is very hard. I do not think the brake is engauged all the time, and the bike slows down if i put alot of pressure on the lever. Where do I start? relly seems like i need to oil up the lever itself but im not that lucky

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Re: rear brakes

Post by maintainer » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:24 pm

Sounds like the return port on master cylinder is clogged.
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Re: rear brakes

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:26 am

I would start first by flushing the brake fluid. If that doesn't help, try lubricating the lever pivot, and then move on to more complex things like a rebuild of the caliper and master cylinder.

You might also want to check the state of the pads. If they became contaminated with oil or brake fluid at some point, you might have to use a lot of pressure against them in order to get them to provide decent braking power.

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