Rear wheel squeal

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Rear wheel squeal

Post by mhochman » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:14 am

I recently purchased an 82 GW1100, after riding it for about 2 weeks i noticed Squeal comning from the rear wheel (i get brake squeal whenever i stop, i'm assuiming the pads need replacement) The squeal while riding was intermittant at first but then became more constant, I thought perhaps the bearing was going but when i was checking it out yesterday i noticed that the rear rotor cover coming off the caliper was loose and seemed to be making intermittant contact with the Rotor, i tightened it up and the squeal was gone, after a while it came back, and i noticed that if i grab the rear caliper i can wiggle it back and forth slightly and i think that vibration is loosining the rotor cover, Should there be any play in the rear caliper? both caliper bolts seem quite tight.

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Re: Rear wheel squeal

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:54 pm

All brake calipers (bikes and cars) should have free play side to side, otherwise they will bind up and not release properly. If that little cover keeps coming loose, I'd suggest some loctite on that little screw that holds it in place. Just don't use too much - you need to remove that cover to get the caliper off to change the brake pads!

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